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house Bill H.R. 549

Should Venezuelan Refugees be Eligible for Temporary Protected Status?

Argument in favor

Venezuelans are fleeing their country in record numbers due to political unrest and economic deterioration. Those who come to the U.S. should be eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), in recognition of the circumstances that have forced them out of their country. Granting Venezuelans TPS will also ensure that they can legally stay and work in the U.S., allowing them to build new lives here.

Pat's Opinion
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04/24/2019
I thought the US policy was to give political asylum to immigrants? Or was that before the white supremacy party became the party of choice by our current administration?
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04/24/2019
Let’s be America again. No real reason we can’t help all who are in need.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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04/25/2019
Well, you reap what you sow. The USA has been systematically destroying Venezuela over oil since 1995. We been interfering in Honduras since the disastrous decision to support the Porfirio Lobo administration in ‘09. Trump has squandered the political capital accumulated by the Obama administration on Cuba and damaged ties with long-standing partners like Mexico. When you have a whole hand on the scales, the disruption of political balance is upon us. The people fleeing to the USA for safety are likely ignorant that we are a root cause of their problems. Our heavy handed policy decisions in South America have come back to bite us and having a xenophobic racist bigot in the OO makes the whole mess worse. Our bloody birds are home to roost. Let them in.
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Argument opposed

Most Venezuelans leaving their country aren’t coming to the U.S., and are instead going to neighboring countries in South America. Thus, it’d be better to focus efforts on helping Venezeula’s neighboring countries address the needs of the Venezuelans arriving in their borders. Additionally, most Venezuelans coming to the U.S. are coming as political asylees or via other legal federal immigration channels.

Rick's Opinion
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04/24/2019
No. It’s time to take care of our own here. We have children in poverty, homeless veterans, etc. It’s time to take care Americans first.
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Gopin2018's Opinion
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04/24/2019
No, they have countries next to them to claim protection. #MAGA
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Sandra's Opinion
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04/24/2019
I'm sorry for what is happening to the Venezuelan people but when you announce our Social Security and Medicare will be broke in 2035 how can we afford to help others and then allow our elderly to suffer?
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJanuary 15th, 2019
    I thought the US policy was to give political asylum to immigrants? Or was that before the white supremacy party became the party of choice by our current administration?
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    No. It’s time to take care of our own here. We have children in poverty, homeless veterans, etc. It’s time to take care Americans first.
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    Let’s be America again. No real reason we can’t help all who are in need.
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    Well, you reap what you sow. The USA has been systematically destroying Venezuela over oil since 1995. We been interfering in Honduras since the disastrous decision to support the Porfirio Lobo administration in ‘09. Trump has squandered the political capital accumulated by the Obama administration on Cuba and damaged ties with long-standing partners like Mexico. When you have a whole hand on the scales, the disruption of political balance is upon us. The people fleeing to the USA for safety are likely ignorant that we are a root cause of their problems. Our heavy handed policy decisions in South America have come back to bite us and having a xenophobic racist bigot in the OO makes the whole mess worse. Our bloody birds are home to roost. Let them in.
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    Under prior administrations, this would be the standard operating procedure. It is sad that we even have to ask the question...
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    No, they have countries next to them to claim protection. #MAGA
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    I'm sorry for what is happening to the Venezuelan people but when you announce our Social Security and Medicare will be broke in 2035 how can we afford to help others and then allow our elderly to suffer?
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    Good Evening, Bring these people to Kansas. Most of us are good folks. I have an empty house.
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    So we have to foot the bill for another country that’s gone to hell? We give them humanitarian aid and it didn’t go towards helping the people. We are 5% of the worlds population. Why are we responsible for taking care of others?
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    Absolutely yes, contrary to the phony Christian #MAGA dimwitted xenophobes who forget Jesus was a refugee.
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    No. We did that with the El Salvadoran’s 20 years ago and they are still here. Once they’re here, they are never leaving.
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    No, we’ve seen how this story ends. Let them seek refuge in their neighboring countries.
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    Love how the leftist squad keeps saying we shouldn’t even get involved in Venezuela, & trying to hide the fact that socialism destroyed it, while simultaneously campaigning to let all of their citizens come to America...by kind of you know, getting involved & admitting Venezuela is a socialist dump. They’re so fake it’s comical.
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    No
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    Jeez, the taxation of the Taxpayers has to stop, all these bills require millions of dollars.
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    Venezuela has turned their backs on the U.S. a long time ago. This is their struggle, we can assist with aid to nearby countries but they have to take control. As you can see another Democrat War Hawk willing to send in troops, as long as he isn’t leading the assault.
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    No, what difference does it make where they come from? There is no room at the inn let’s go down and remove the problem
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    How many countries did they travel through and not take asylum? No, no and no...please stop this.
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    Tpp for Venezuelans - yes.
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    I mean we’re helping to destabilize their nation. Seems like the least we could do. Now if only we’d consider being so “magnanimous” to all the other refugees whose lives we helped ruin.
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