January 18, 2019 05:25
Updated January 18, 2019 17:41
A bipartisan group of members of the Florida Congress presented a bill calling for the granting of temporary protection status (TPS) for Venezuelans who "escape the crackdown" by Nicolás Maduro.
Republican MP Mario Díaz-Balart and Democrat Darren Soto announced the initiative on Friday at a meeting held in Miami, United States, with members of the Venezuelan community.
The project protects those who are protected from deportation and allows access to a temporary work permit.
José Colina, president of the Venezuelan political persecution organization in exile (Veppex), was optimistic that both houses in Congress showed interest in approving this "temporary migratory relief".
The TPS was established in 1990 and protects immigrants who can not return safely to their country due to natural disasters, armed conflicts or other extraordinary conditions.
Colina recalled that this proposal is added to another presented by Senators Bob Menéndez and Marco Rubio.
"We have always sought a way to achieve a type of protection that allows Venezuelans to live in the territory of freedom while the crisis is happening in Venezuela," said Colina.