Menéndez Delata Hipocresía Republicana para Aprovechar Sufrimiento de la Comunidad Venezolana en Estados Unidos

Menéndez Delata Hipocresía Republicana para Aprovechar Sufrimiento de la Comunidad Venezolana en Estados Unidos

“Este debate no se trata de cambiar nuestras leyes migratorias, se trata de usar las leyes que tenemos para proteger a los venezolanos y así asegurarnos de que la Administración de Trump no los deporte a la pesadilla de la que huyeron.”

 
WASHINGTON – El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores,
esta noche detuvo una maniobra Republicana que buscaba reformar completamente el programa de Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS) para todos los países beneficiarios, avanzando así la agenda anti-inmigrante del Presidente Trump. El Senador Menéndez respondió a esta acción solicitando un voto de consentimiento unánime para que el Senado adoptara de inmediato la propuesta aprobada por la Cámara de Representantes (H.R.549) que proporciona TPS para los venezolanos elegibles en los Estados Unidos sin realizar cambios al programa de TPS para otros países. Este esfuerzo fue bloqueado por el Senador Republicano Rick Scott (R-Fla.).

 

En el mes de julio, días después de que la Administración Trump indicara que no consideraría designar a Venezuela con un Estatus de Protección Temporal, los Senadores Menéndez y Durbin (D-Ill.) solicitaron un voto de consentimiento unánime para aprobar el proyecto de ley H.R. 549, el cual otorgaría estatus de TPS a aproximadamente 200,000 venezolanos elegibles que actualmente residen en los Estados Unidos, esfuerzo que fue bloqueada por el Senador Mike Lee (R-Utah).

Recientemente, el Senador Menéndez viajó a la frontera de Colombia y Venezuela para constatar la situación humanitaria que se vive en la región como consecuencia de la creciente crisis en Venezuela. El Senador Menéndez es el autor original de la propuesta bipartidista del Senado que fue presentada en diciembre de 2018 y que fue presentada nuevamente en 2019 por un grupo bipartidista de Senadores.

 

A continuación, el discurso completo del senador en inglés:

Every member of the Senate knows that Venezuela’s illegitimate dictator, Nicolás Maduro, has created an unprecedented and harrowing humanitarian crisis in that country.

 

Extreme food and medicine shortages, widespread criminal violence, brutal state-sponsored repression have forced more than 4.3 million Venezuelans to flee their homeland. This number could reach 8 million by the end of next year.

 

As Venezuelans flee their country, it is time for the United States to place itself fully on the side of the Venezuelan people.

 

Unfortunately, just this week, we have seen new stories about the Trump Administration deporting Venezuelans from Florida.

 

It is unconscionable that anyone would be send back to the catastrophic humanitarian conditions that exist in Venezuela.

 

And that’s why, in February of this year, Senator Durbin and I, along with Senators Rubio, Leahy, and Booker, introduced bipartisan legislation to provide TPS to Venezuelans living here in the United States.

 

The House of Representatives has already passed a version of this bill back in July with support from dozens, dozens, of Republicans members.

 

However, rather than providing TPS for vulnerable Venezuelans in the United States, the junior Senator from Florida has brought up an amendment that seeks to overhaul existing TPS statute and make it easier for the Trump Administration to strip status from vulnerable migrants that are legally in the United States.

 

Respectfully, the suggestions that the courts have made it impossible to end any TPS is just not based in facts.  

 

This debate is not about watering down our immigration laws, it’s about using the laws that we have right now to provide protection to Venezuelans so that we can ensure that the Trump Administration doesn’t deport them back to the nightmare they fled.

 

So it’s unfortunate that while I join the Senator in the same goal, that the Senator from Florida would prefer to pass legislation that advances the Administration’s immigration agenda rather than help the Venezuelan people, something we all agree about. As a matter of fact we don’t even really need Congressional action, because the President has the right to give Temporary Protected Status to the Venezuelans living in the United States and he doesn’t need an action from Congress to do that. He’s failed to do that. It is in that failure that the House of Representatives acted to try to create a legislative response.

 

For all these reasons, I object to the UC request from the Senator from Florida.

 

Since the Senator from Florida and I do agree on the need to provide TPS for Venezuelans, with that, as if in legislative session, I ask unanimous consent for the Judiciary Committee to be discharged from further consideration of H.R. 549, the bill that has already passed the House, and the Senate proceeds to its immediate consideration.

 

 

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