“Over 3.4 million Venezuelans have fled their country in their attempt to escape the precarious humanitarian conditions in the country,” said Mucarsel-Powell.
“I am proud, along with my friend and colleague Rep. Donna Shalala, to introduce the Nicaragua TPS Act of 2019 to allow Nicaraguans to remain in the United States until it is safe for them to return to Nicaragua,” Diaz-Balart said.
Members of the Florida delegation from both sides of the aisle continue to focus on Venezuela as chaos continues to engulf that South American nation.
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., has been calling on the Trump administration to offer TPS in recent weeks and he sounded an optimistic note after Elliott Abrams, the U.S. envoy for Venezuela, met with the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.
Following the lead of several Florida Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill, Scott said on Tuesday the time has come to extend TPS to Venezuelans.
Feeling shut out by President Donald Trump, Democrats in charge of the U.S. House--including those representing parts of Florida--are offering their own plan to help Venezuela even as they are careful not to speak about any kind of military intervention.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Trump was setting a bad precedent and wondered if he was “violating the Constitution” on Thursday though the Florida Republican agreed there was a “crisis” as illegal immigrants come through the border. New U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., on the other hand, fully backed Trump on the matter.
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., took to the national airwaves this week to weigh in on his new role on Capitol Hill and about immigration, even as President Donald Trump continues to consider declaring a national emergency so he can build a wall on the southern border without congressional approval.
Trump has thrown open the possibility of declaring an emergency to get the funds for the wall and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said on Thursday that he backs the idea to help “keep the government open, secure our border, and provide adequate disaster relief funding for Florida and Puerto Rico.”
The Kissimmee Democrat and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. have joined together to file a bill which would allow Venezuelan nationals to file for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) which would allow them to remain in the U.S. until that South American country’s political situation is sorted out.
12Page 2 of 2