Rep. Soto on Trump Administration Failure to Grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelans

July 16, 2019
Press Release

U.S. Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09), who introduced the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019 (H.R. 549), released the statement below following announcements from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it will not designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status:

“This is disgraceful. After months of empty promises and using Venezuelans as political pawns, the Trump Administration fails to act to grant TPS. Venezuelans are now the largest group of asylum-seekers applying for refuge in the United States. True leadership would act immediately to resolve this crisis. The USCIS decision only reinforces the need for Congress to pass our bipartisan, bicameral Venezuela TPS Act.”