Venezuela in Crisis

This action alert was published by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC).


Venezuela has been enduring civil unrest and massive food and medicine shortages, forcing millions of people to flee the country. This week saw an escalation in levels of violence linked to the struggle for control of the country, with the situation expected to deteriorate. Further loss of life appears imminent.


Due to extreme civil unrest and infrastructure collapse, the State Department and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued warnings that it is unsafe to travel to Venezuela. Despite U.S. government alerts and the Trump administration’s pledges to aid the people of Venezuela, it has failed to provide humanitarian protections for Venezuelans already in the U.S.

 
The administration has the authority to designate Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela now, ensuring that Venezuelans in the U.S. are safeguarded from danger, disease, and starvation. TPS could protect upwards of 72,000 people.

In response to a March 2019 letter signed by over 215 organizations demanding TPS for Venezuela immediately, DHS replied that they are “continuing to monitor” the situation. The time to “monitor” is over.

Ways to take action 


Call the DHS comment line: 202-282-8495

Sample script:

My name is [NAME]. I am calling today to request Acting Department of Homeland Security McAleenan immediately designate Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela. Along with a devastating food and medicine shortage, the civil unrest in the country is escalating. TPS was created to protect people from situations like this and we must use it now.

Call your representatives at the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 

Not sure who represents you? Visit whoismyrepresentative.com.

Sample script:

My name is [NAME]. I am calling today to request Acting Department of Homeland Security McAleenan immediately designate Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela. Along with a devastating food and medicine shortage, the civil unrest in the country is escalating. TPS was created to protect people from situations like this and we must use it now.