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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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    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJanuary 15th, 2019
    We are full We are not The hospitality house of the world
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    Why not?
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    "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" - Emma Lazarus, 1883
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    Yes. Yes we should help them.
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    Absolutely! Anybody who is fleeing an economic catastrophe or political unrest should be welcomed with open arms in this country!
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    There are numerous closer countries that can take them in. If our aid is needed, it should be spent helping rebuild their government and country so they can recover and make Venezuela a functional country once more; we need to stop supporting brain drains, and instead any efforts we make should target the root cause that caused people to flee.
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    America WAS BUILT BY IMMIGRANTS!! Let’s not let the racists and the bigots destroy our country like they are trying. When we turn our backs on immigrants we become 1984 nazis, like my “Representatives.”
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    WITH THE MADURO GOVERNMENT BLOCKING HUMANITARIAN AID, WE NEED TO HELP THESE POOR PEOPLE IN ANY WAY WE CAN. :THERE, BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD, GO I!"
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    Why are we the dumping ground for other countries political issues? Sounds like we are the fall back for every country that has issues. Like a parent who wont kick their kid out after they fail to do anything. Take care of America first. I'm not a trump supporter but I agree with actually creating a better economic situation where Americans dont pay inflated prices on everything while the rich get insanely richer. Gravy train is over. We got our own problems, take care of your own. Rise up as we need to...
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    ¡ Claro que si! Of course.
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    I thought we hated everyone who isn’t us? Some of us have empathy for the oppressed.
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    I’m not in support of this Democratic Bill 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. SneakyPete..... 5.22.19.....
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    Absolutely not. Fight for your rights like we did.
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    These are the same refugees that applauded Hugo when he initiated Venezuela's descent into destruction. No. Way.
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    NO. The Venezuelans have not come to the decision to abandon their form of government- a government that has lost its legitimate mandate. When they experience enough pain then they’ll act. That’s when we can offer aid.
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    Yes. To do this is what America is about. To those who say no, take care of Americans first, I say we have more than enough resources to do both, just roll back all those Trump tax breaks to those who don't need it. I also bet that if instead of Venezuela, the country involved was one with Caucasian people they would be saying YES! Or, maybe they're just afraid the Venezuelans would be voting Democrat.
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    Stop adding exceptions to Immigration law.
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    Yes, absolutely we are the ones that got involved in their business to begin with. Its only fair, plus we were trying to help ease their situation anyway.
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    Yes. And continued TPS for Haitians and others.
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    Sorry. No admittance. USA is full. No Vacancy.
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