Bipartisan legislation could grant TPS to Venezuelans

By Carmen Sesin

MIAMI — Two Florida congressmen — Darren Soto, a Democrat, and Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican — introduced bipartisan legislation in the House on Thursday to allow Venezuelans fleeing their country and settling in the United States to become eligible for temporary protection from deportation.

The Venezuelan Temporary Protected Status Act of 2019 would protect such Venezuelans by allowing them to legally remain and work in the U.S. by granting them an employment authorization document. They would also be able to travel without restrictions to re-enter the United States. Their protected status would last 18 months and could be renewed.

“Trump has been very aggressive on sanctions against Venezuela, so this would give them the option of being consistent on that,” Soto told NBC News. “It would strengthen the sanctions.”

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