Moves by the former and current presidential administrations are giving Venezuelans seeking asylum in the U.S. a bit more hope.
What You Need To Know
- Recent actions by Trump, Biden administrations providing some relief for Tampa family
- A federal judge, however, temporarily blocked President Biden’s plan to halt deportations for 100 days
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“I think this is the year for Venezuelans. It makes me so happy and gives me peace and tranquility knowing there’s a bit more hope than in other years,” Tampa resident Jennifer Infante said.
After more than a year of living in limbo, Jennifer Infante and her family say they feel some relief.
We first met the family in 2019, as they fought for an extended stay of removal – or else, face possible danger if deported back to Venezuela.
But former president Donald Trump signed an executive order right before leaving office, a temporary benefit called Deferred Enforced Departure.
The program allows Venezuelans like Infante and her family to work here for the next 18 months with no penalty.
“So that’s potentially millions of Venezuelans will benefit from that – that they won’t have to be deported and go back to Venezuela, which, as you know, is a humanitarian crisis that’s been going on for a decade now,” immigration attorney Paul Palacios said.
This week, Senate Democrats introduced another bill extending Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans, something President Biden said he was supportive of during his campaign.
But today, a setback, as a federal judge temporarily blocked President Biden’s plan to halt deportations for 100 days. That's something Venezuelans were banking on, as well.
Nevertheless, Infante says she feels hopeful.
“Now, I feel like I’m really a part of this society, and we keep supporting this country. I think we deserve this opportunity because we came to make this country a better place and to keep moving forward,” she said.