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Lista de sancionados – Urru org – 3 de Diciembre 2019

Lista de funcionarios venezolanos,sancionados por USA ,Canadá ,Unión Europea ,Suiza Panamá y países miembros del Tratado Interamericano de Asistencia Recíproca TIAR actualizada

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La fuga de “El Pollo” Carvajal amenaza la credibilidad de la Audiencia Nacional de España

Hugo “El Pollo” Carvajal, exjefe de inteligencia de Hugo Chávez, se fugó. Lo hizo después de que se filtrara la decisión de la Audiencia Nacional de España de extraditarlo a EEUU. No fue una decisión unánime. Cuatro de los 18 magistrados presentaron objeciones, mientras que uno de ellos denuncia una supuesta injerencia de Washington.

Lo que pasó con la decisión sobre el “El Pollo” Carvajal ya pasó con la sentencia del procés / Foto: huhocarvajal.com
Lo que pasó con la decisión sobre el “El Pollo” Carvajal ya pasó con la sentencia del procés / Foto: huhocarvajal.com

“Aquí el problema de fondo es la no independencia de la justicia”, dice una fuente jurídica al diario ALnavío. Y lo dice por dos motivos:

– Por la supuesta injerencia de EEUU en el proceso.

– Y por la filtración que permite la fuga de “El Pollo” Carvajal.

Como reveló este diario, la defensa de Hugo “El Pollo” Carvajal considera que la acusación de Estados Unidos es puro relato. Una especie de excusa para que el exjefe de Inteligencia y Contrainteligencia Militar de Hugo Chávez revelara información útil contra el régimen de Maduro.

EEUU señala a Carvajal como uno de los dirigentes del Cártel de los Soles, un presunto grupo de narcotraficantes compuesto por militares chavistas que trafica drogas y armas hacia EEUU. Concretamente a Carvajal le acusan de colaborar con las FARC de Colombia para introducir cocaína en EEUU.

¿Hubo injerencia de Washington?

Para la defensa de “El Pollo” Carvajal esto es un relato. Y también para el magistrado de la Audiencia Nacional de EspañaJosé Ricardo de Prada. Según este, la acusación de EEUU responde “mucho más a lo que sería una especie de narrativa o relato novelado de un ataque conspirativo contra los Estados Unidos de América por parte de un enemigo de dicho Estado, que a una descripción jurídica de hechos delictivos concretos”.

Esta descripción la reveló este lunes el diario El País. Se incluye en el voto particular que redactó De Prada el 8 de noviembre, cuando la Audiencia Nacional decidió extraditar a “El Pollo” Carvajal a EEUU. Cabe precisar que cuatro de 18 magistrados que participaron en la decisión presentaron alguna objeción mediante el voto particular ya que, dicen, “no se concreta la actividad delictiva” en las acusaciones de EEUU.

Estos cuatro magistrados son De Prada, María de los Ángeles BarreiroClara Bayarri y Alfonso Guevara. Este último, detalla la información de El País, se molestó porque Jorge Carrera Domenech, magistrado de enlace en la embajada de España en Washington, contactó con uno de los jueces de la Sala de lo Penal de la Audiencia Nacional.

Según Alfonso Guevara, el magistrado de la embajada no sólo se interesó por el caso, sino que abogó por que Hugo Carvajal fuera extraditado.

¿Qué pasa con la filtración?

Para la fuente consultada por el diario ALnavío, además de la injerencia de Washington, otro punto que golpea la credibilidad de la Audiencia Nacional es la filtración de la decisión de la Sala de lo Penal, que provocó la fuga de “El Pollo” Carvajal.

El enviado especial para Venezuela de Donald Trump, Elliott Abrams, dijo que “es una gran vergüenza” para el gobierno de España que Carvajal se haya fugado. Ya de por sí, a Abrams le parecía “incomprensible” que en un primer momento la Audiencia Nacional lo haya dejado bajo arresto domiciliario ya que había “inundado EEUU de cocaína”.

“Pasó lo mismo con la sentencia del procés del Tribunal Supremo. La decisión se produjo el viernes y se filtró. Pero realmente fue el lunes cuando se firmó la sentencia. Esto es un problema”, señala la fuente.

El caso es que la fuga del general chavista complicado la relación entre Madrid Washington. El enviado especial para Venezuela de Donald TrumpElliott Abrams, dijo que “es una gran vergüenza” para el gobierno de España que Carvajal se haya fugado. Ya de por sí, a Abrams le parecía “incomprensible” que en un primer momento la Audiencia Nacional lo haya dejado bajo arresto domiciliario ya que había “inundado EEUU de cocaína”.

“Esperamos que la policía española lo rastree, lo arreste y luego lo extradite a Estados Unidos”, concluyó Abrams en declaraciones sobre la fuga de Hugo Carvajal en un evento en Washington.

Nuevo récord: EEUU produjo 12,8 millones b/d de petróleo en la primera semana de noviembre – La Patilla – 15 de Noviembre 2019

La Administración de Información de Energía (EIA en inglés) reportó ayer que la producción de petróleo crudo en EEUU promedió la cifra de 12,8 millones b/d durante la semana que finalizó el 8 de noviembre, alcanzando así un nuevo récord histórico.

La producción de crudo saltó en 200.000 b/d respecto a la semana anterior, a pesar de la disminución del numero de taladros en actividad. Se consolida EEUU como el mayor productor de crudo del mundo, por delante de Rusia y Arabia Saudita.

La producción de 12,8 millones b/d de EEUU ya es 18,6 veces mayor que la registrada por 0,687 millones de b/d de Venezuela en el mes de octubre según cifras de las fuentes secundarias de la Opep.

En su reporte semanal, la EIA también indicó que las refinerías de EEUU procesaron 15,9 millones b7d, un aumento de 154.000 b/d respecto a la semana anterior, operando así al 87,8% de su capacidad instalada.

Las existencias de gasolina en Estados Unidos subieron después de seis semanas de reducción, aumentando en 1,9 millones de barriles en la semana, dijo la EIA en su informe.

Embajador Vecchio recibe premio Ronald Reagan por su lucha por la libertad de Venezuela – CCN – 13 de Octubre 2019

Embajador Vecchio recibe premio Ronald Reagan por su lucha por la libertad de Venezuela

Por su firme compromiso y accionar en la lucha por el restablecimiento de la libertad y la democracia en Venezuela, el Partido Republicano de Estados Unidos otorgó al embajador de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela ante los Estados Unidos, Carlos Vecchio, el Premio Ronald Reagan a la libertad.

Nelson Díaz, Jefe del Partido Republicano en el condado de Miami-Dade, afirmó que “es un honor para nosotros reconocer al embajador de Venezuela Carlos Vecchio con el premio a la libertad Ronald Reagan. Este premio es para personas que luchan consecuentemente por la libertad y han enfrentado el exilio, la persecución y hasta encarcelamientos por defender los ideales democráticos”.

En el evento realizado en el marco del Lincoln Day, uno de los eventos más importantes del partido republicano en todo EEUU, el embajador Vecchio expresó “este premio no es para mi, es para el pueblo de Venezuela por su coraje y entrega por luchar por la democracia y por poner sus vidas en riesgo cada día. Agradezco a todos los miembros del partido republicano en todos sus niveles, al Presidente Donald Trump y a su administración por todo el apoyo a nuestra lucha en Venezuela”.

Vecchio insistió ante los más de 600 lideres y militantes republicanos presentes que los venezolanos “estamos enfrentando la peor crisis humanitaria en toda la historia de nuestra Venezuela, mientras transcurre este evento, 5 mil venezolanos dejan forzosamente el país, mucha gente está muriendo en Venezuela, nosotros no estamos contando días, estamos contando vidas que se pierden en Venezuela. Nosotros necesitamos detener el sufrimiento de millones de venezolanos y para ello Maduro debe salir, ¡Maduro debe salir!”.

Recordó que el Presidente Iván Duque de Colombia ha presentado pruebas de la presencia de grupos narcoterroristas en Venezuela patrocinados por Maduro, ante lo que llamó a actuar.

“El régimen de Maduro es una amenaza para toda la región y Estados Unidos no debe subestimar esta amenaza, pero además, la crisis venezolana es aún más compleja con la presencia de miembros del régimen cubano y de rusos en Venezuela y necesitamos detener esto ahora. Este es el momento correcto para permanecer unidos y enfrentar a los regímenes y dictaduras en toda la región. Nosotros merecemos un continente de libertad, merecemos un hemisferio de democracia y necesitamos luchar juntos para restablecer la democracia en las Américas”.

El embajador Vecchio estuvo acompañado por el Agregado Comercial de la Embajada de Venezuela, Fernando Blasi, y por el Director de Comunicaciones, Johan Merchán. A los venezolanos presentes les exhortó a mantener la confianza y a ser multiplicadores del firme y sólido apoyo de los EEUU a la causa venezolana, frente a quienes pretenden malintencionadamente sembrar dudas inexistentes.

“Aquí en Doralzuela el vicepresidente Mike Pence me dijo: ‘Carlos, los EEUU estaremos con ustedes hasta que conquisten su libertad nuevamente’; también he tenido el privilegio de estar en la Oficina Oval de la Casa Blanca, donde el Presidente Donald Trump, me dijo: ‘Carlos, mantén estas palabras contigo: Venezuela será libre nuevamente’”, expresó el diplomático del gobierno interino del Presidente Juan Guaidó.

Finalmente, Vecchio recordó que en su natal Caripe, en el estado Monagas, a miles de kilómetros de la capital Caracas, estudió en la Escuela Primaria Abraham Lincoln. “Con ese recuerdo quiero parafrasear a ese ilustre Presidente estadounidense en sus famoso discurso de Gettysburg: ¡Venezuela tendrá un nuevo nacimiento de libertad! ¡Viva Venezuela Libre, Viva Cuba Libre! Dios nos bendiga”.

Trump administration to triple democracy aid to Venezuela by Joshua Goodman – AP News – 25 de Septiembre 2019

In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Venezuela’s opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido, speaks during an event about infrastructure of the country at the Metropolitan University in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration is more than tripling U.S. support for pro-democracy work in Venezuela and for the first time will give funds to Guaido as he attempts to set up an interim government. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration is more than tripling U.S. support for pro-democracy work in Venezuela and for the first time directly funding opposition leader Juan Guaidó as he attempts to set up a government to rival the socialist administration of Nicolás Maduro.

The $52 million in new aid was announced Tuesday by Mark Green, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, following a meeting in New York with Guaidó’s envoy Carlos Vecchio, whom the Trump administration recognizes as Venezuela’s ambassador in Washington.

The funding was mostly repurposed from aid originally earmarked for Honduras and Guatemala that President Donald Trump cut last year after accusing the Central American countries of failing to stem the flow of migrants to the U.S.

The funding boost shows the level of U.S. support for Guaidó, who has drawn recognition as Venezuela’s rightful leader by more than 50 nations. But he has been unable to translate the international support and popularity at home into real power capable of helping regular Venezuelans suffering from hyperinflation and an economic collapse akin to the destruction wrought by war.

A senior Trump administration official said the new U.S. aid package seeks to address that deficit, providing about $19 million to pay for secure communication devices, travel stipends and training in budget planning and other tools to effectively govern should they manage to force Maduro from power.

The U.S. official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss details of the aid package.

Guaidó’s team said in a statement that it would not administer the money directly or give it to any institution or political party. It said it hoped to work with the U.S. in the coming days to decide how the funds would be spent and leave it to the American authorities to distribute the funds and audit their use.

The decision aimed at boosting transparency comes after a string of accusations earlier this year that Venezuelan opposition groups mismanaged humanitarian aid for migrants in Colombia.

The Trump administration had budgeted $9 million during the 2017 fiscal year and $15 million in 2018 to promote free press, the monitoring of human rights abuses and anti-corruption initiatives — work by civil society groups that will be greatly expanded by the additional funding.

A U.S.-backed uprising in April by a cadre of security forces failed to break the armed forces’ loyalty to Maduro. The embattled socialist in recent days has gone on the offensive, announcing a deal with a small group of minority opposition parties to reshape the nation’s electoral council and other reforms after talks with Guaidó sponsored by Norway broke down.

Trump, speaking at the United Nations on Tuesday, delivered a sharp warning to Venezuela, declaring that he awaited the day “when Venezuela will be free and when liberty will prevail throughout this hemisphere.” He also called socialism “the wrecker of nations” and “destroyer of societies.”

It came just a day after the United States and more than a dozen Latin American countries agreed to investigate and arrest associates and senior officials of Maduro’s government who are suspected of crimes such as drug trafficking, money laundering and financing terrorism.

Venezuela’s opposition is relying heavily on the international community to force Maduro from power.

In addition to the Trump administration funds for pro-democracy work, the Treasury Department also moved to block any U.S. assets controlled by four transport companies that it says keep delivering Venezuela oil to Cuba, another act aimed at punishing those who support Maduro’s government.

The funding announced Tuesday is in addition to hundreds of millions of dollars already committed by the U.S. to support the more than 4 million vulnerable Venezuelans who have fled the country’s crisis and migrated to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and other nations throughout Latin America.

The United Kingdom, meanwhile, announced a major boost in aid for Venezuela, responding to a U.N. call for donors to give $223 million to support a humanitarian response this year.

The U.K. pledged 30 million euros ($33 million) on top of the 14.5 million euros ($15.9 million) it announced earlier this year. The funds will go to organizations delivering medicine, vaccinations and clean water inside Venezuela and neighboring countries hosting millions of Venezuelans who have fled the crisis.

The U.K. said it would not reveal which groups are receiving the funds for security reasons.

“The people of Venezuela are needlessly suffering as a direct result of Maduro’s refusal to accept the scale of his country’s worsening humanitarian crisis,” said Alok Shark, U.K. international development secretary.

Putin’s new Cuba: How Trump lost control in Venezuela and gave Moscow upper hand by Charlie Bradley –

DONALD TRUMP lost control of the situation in Venezuela as a result of his aggressive tone directed at Nicolas Maduro, handing control to Vladimir Putin and leaving the country now in a state of deadlock, according to an expert speaking to Express.co.uk.

Following sanctions and aggressive diplomacy, Donald Trump tried to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power, refusing to recognise his presidency and instead backing leader of the Citizens Assembly Juan Guaido as the President. But Maduro has been backed by allies of his own, with Russia and China propping up his administration with generous loans and huge weapons exchanges attempting to deter the US from interference. Now Russian weapons are in Caracas – Sukhoi 30 jets – reminiscent of Russia’s presence in Cuba in the Sixties when war was at one point an imminent prospect. Trump’s strongman act was not backed up by a willingness to intervene physically in Venezuela, a bluff that Maduro saw right through according to Phil Gunson, an expert and analyst on Venezuela who works for International Crisis Group in Caracas.

He told Express.co.uk: “Well I certainly think aspects of US policy has been counter-productive in terms of finding a solution, I think the US should have been clearer from the beginning that this would be a case of negotiation rather than simply forcing Maduro from power which is what they’ve tried from the beginning.

“They clearly weren’t able to do that, their strong hints that they were prepared to act with the military were bluffs, I don’t think Trump is keen on military interference anywhere, and the Venezuelan government saw through that.”

The consequence of this Caracas-Washington standoff is increased control for Putin on Trump’s doorstep, and in an area where influence is key.Russia and China’s generosity towards Maduro’s regime have differing motives according to Gunson, who says China’s presence is purely economically inspired.

However, he believes Putin likes the idea of having a presence in Latin America as a one-up on Trump in the region.

Guaido

Guaido declared himself president, and was backed by Trump (Image: getty)

He continued: “Both Russia and China aren’t exactly great admirers of the Maduro regime. Russia sold a lot of weapons to Venezuela. Compared with China, Russia are a more opportunistic partner.

“Russia made profit from the weapon loans, Venezuela is a good place for shady characters to operate. But there is also this geopolitical point of view for Putin, it’s very clear that Putin likes the idea of having a presence in the Western hemisphere.

“Russia can now pose as a superpower, Russia will be looking to leverage its position in Venezuela vis a vis the US, it’s the possibly of making life harder for US in its own backyard that’s key.”

The presence of Russian weapons in Caracas is reminiscent of the Soviet Union’s military base in Cuba during the Sixties.

As Cold War tensions grew between the Soviet Union and the US, Cuba, a socialist authoritarian state, was the setting of a near nuclear fallout between the two countries.

Putin

Putin has placed Russian weapons in Maduro’s Venezuela (Image: getty)

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Trump is now in deadlock as Maduro remains President. (Image: getty)

The US tried to oust Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who went to the Soviets for help, gaining weapons in the process.

President John F Kennedy demanded the removal of the missiles from Cuba, with the Soviets claiming the blockade stopping the transfer of weapons to Havana was an “act of war”.

The refusal of one Soviet officer to instigate strikes, after a US signaller was misconstrued for an attack on a Soviet submarine, saved the world from a potentially disastrous nuclear exchange.

Key facts about U.S. Hispanics and their diverse heritage by Luis Noe-Bustamante – Pew Research Center – 16 de Septiembre 2019

The U.S. Hispanic population is diverse. These nearly 60 million individuals trace their heritage to Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America and to Spain, each with distinct demographic and economic profiles. But as migration patterns from Latin America change, the origins of U.S. Hispanics are beginning to shift. Here are key facts about how the U.S. Hispanic origin groups are changing and how they differ from one another.

Hispanic origin profiles, 2017

The 15 largest U.S. Hispanic groups by origin (based on self-described race or ethnicity)
U.S. Hispanic population: 58,838,000
1 Mexicans 36,634,000
2 Puerto Ricans 5,614,000
3 Salvadorans 2,307,000
4 Cubans 2,298,000
5 Dominicans 2,067,000
6 Guatemalans 1,444,000
7 Colombians 1,246,000
8 Hondurans 940,000
9 Spaniards 810,000
10 Ecuadorians 738,000
11 Peruvians 679,000
12 Nicaraguans 464,000
13 Venezuelans 421,000
14 Argentines 278,000
15 Panamanians 210,000
Source: Pew Research Center tabulations of the 2017 American Community Survey (1% IPUMS).
Venezuelans, Dominicans and Guatemalans saw the fastest population growth since 2010. From 2010 to 2017, 10 of the 15 largest origin groups grew faster than the Hispanic population overall, which increased 16%. The Venezuelan population in the U.S. increased 76% to 421,000 in 2017, by far the fastest growth rate among Hispanic origin groups. Among groups with populations above 1 million, Dominicans and Guatemalans had the fastest growth. Their populations grew by 37% and 30%, respectively, during this time. Puerto Ricans, the second-largest origin group, saw their population in the 50 states and the District of Columbia jump by 20%, to 5.6 million in 2017. (Another 3.2 million live in Puerto Rico.)

At nearly 37 million, Mexicans are the largest origin group and make up 62% of Latinos, but this share has decreased from a recent peak of 66% in 2008. The Mexican population grew by 11% from 2010 to 2017, tied for the lowest growth rate among the 15 origin groups. The Peruvian and Ecuadorian populations in the U.S. saw similarly slow growth rates.

Immigrants are a declining share of the Latino population. The share of Latinos in the U.S. who are immigrants declined to 33% in 2017, down from 37% in 2010, due in part to slowing international migration from Latin America. The immigrant share among Nicaraguans fell from 63% to 55% during this time, the largest drop among the 15 largest Latino origin groups. Guatemalans and Ecuadorians followed with a 7 percentage point decline over the same period. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan and Spaniard populations bucked the trend as their foreign-born shares increased between 2010 and 2017.

Immigrant share falls in 12 of 14 largest Latino origin groups since 2000The vast majority of Latinos are U.S. citizens. About 79% of Latinos living in the country are U.S. citizens, up from 74% in 2010. This includes people born in the U.S. and its territories (including Puerto Rico), people born abroad to American parents and immigrants who have become naturalized citizens. Among the origin groups, virtually all Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. Spaniards (91%), Panamanians (89%) and Mexicans (79%) have some of the highest citizenship rates, while Hondurans (53%) and Venezuelans (51%) have the lowest rates.

Among groups with more recently arrived immigrants, Venezuelan immigrants (58%) and immigrants from Spain (38%) have the highest shares who have been in the U.S. for less than 10 years.

A growing share of Latino immigrants are longtime U.S. residents. Nearly four-in-five Latino immigrants (78%) have lived in the U.S. for more than 10 years, up from 64% in 2010. Panamanian (88%) and Mexican (84%) immigrants have the highest shares on this measure. Many Latino immigrants have been in the U.S. for decades – 46% of Latino immigrants have lived in the U.S. for 21 or more years.

The share of Latinos who speak English proficiently has increased. In 2017, 70% of Latinos ages 5 and older spoke English proficiently, up from 65% in 2010. Spaniards (93%), Panamanians (87%) and Puerto Ricans (83%) had the highest shares of English proficiency, while Hondurans (48%), Guatemalans (48%) and Salvadorans (53%) had the lowest shares. The share of Mexicans who speak English proficiently (71%) is similar to that of Latinos overall.

The makeup of the Hispanic population varies widely across major metropolitan areas. Mexicans comprise more than two-in-three Hispanics in the Los Angeles and Houston metro areas, reflecting their majority share among the national Hispanic population. But in many other metro areas, other origin groups make up the largest share among Hispanics. Puerto Ricans are the largest group in the Orlando, Florida, metro area, while Salvadorans are the largest in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Cubans are the largest origin group in the Miami metro area.

Latino populations in U.S. metro areas are more diverse along the East CoastThe median age of U.S. Latinos has increased since 2010. Latinos had a median age of 29 years in 2017, up from 27 in 2010, but well below the national median of 38 years for the overall U.S. population. Of the 15 largest Latino origin groups, Cubans and Argentines had the highest median ages, at 40 and 39. Meanwhile, Mexicans (27) and Guatemalans (28) were the youngest groups.

Venezuelan-origin Hispanics have the highest share with a bachelor’s degree.About 16% of Latino adults ages 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree or higher, up from 13% in 2010 but lower than the overall U.S. population (32%). Among Latino origin groups, Venezuelans (55%) and Argentines (43%) have the highest shares with a bachelor’s degree or higher, while Guatemalans (10%) and Salvadorans (10%) have the lowest shares. Each origin group has seen this share increase since 2010.

Latinos’ economic conditions vary widely by origin group. Argentines had the highest median household income, at $68,000, almost $20,000 more than the overall Latino median ($49,010). Hondurans had the lowest median income at $41,000, about $8,000 lower than the Latino median. Mexicans had a median income ($49,000) similar to the Latino median. (For the most recent income figures for all Hispanics from the U.S. Census Bureau, see “Income and Poverty in the United States 2018.”)

For more information on Hispanics in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, see Pew Research Center’s detailed fact sheets for the 15 largest Hispanic origin groups. The fact sheets describe demographic, employment and income characteristics of each group.

Trump may open door to Venezuelans to stay in US, but wrongly shuts out others – Sun Sentinel Editorial – 6 de Diciembre 2019

The Trump administration is considering a plan to let up to 200,000 Venezuelan migrants who fled to the U.S. to escape the depressed economy and political chaos under President Nicolás Maduro to stay here under a special immigration program.

It’s not a humanitarian gesture, but more of a political calculation to win over voters in South Florida’s large Venezuelan-American community before the 2020 presidential election, according to POLITICO, which first reported the administration’s plan, citing two people familiar with the discussions.

POLITICO reports the administration is weighing different options to allow Venezuelans already here to keep living and working in the U.S., including one that would allow them to qualify for Temporary Protected Status, or TPS.

Created in 1990, TPS is a longstanding humanitarian program benefiting hundreds of thousands of migrants from countries battered by war or natural disasters. It’s well intentioned but has its flaws because many TPS holders remain in immigration limbo for years.

There’s nothing wrong with the administration wanting to offer TPS to Venezuelans. The corrupt Maduro regime has mismanaged its oil-rich economy and triggered terrible shortages in food and medicine. By any measure, it’s a humanitarian crisis. UN officials estimate that more than 4 million people have left the country, with thousands making their way to South Florida. Think Doral in Miami-Dade and Weston in southwest Broward.

But it’s wrong for the administration to favor one group of migrants over others who face similar hardships if forced to return to their troubled homelands. Think Haitians, Salvadorans and Nicaraguans, to name a few. They also call South Florida home.

It’s also mean-spirited and unfair on the part of the Trump administration to open one immigration door to Venezuelans, while trying to slam another shut for the hundreds of thousands of other equally deserving migrants who have already qualified for TPS.

The fate of TPS holders is in the hands of Trump administration officials. Under the law, the Homeland Security Department secretary decides whether to extend or end TPS. About 417,000 migrants from 10 countries currently have TPS, including more than 57,000 in Florida.

Two years ago this month, administration officials began announcing plans to terminate TPS for more than 408,000 migrants from six countries — El Salvador (251,526), Haiti (56,209), Honduras (80,633), Nepal 14,596), Nicaragua (4,517), and Sudan (806) — even though conditions in those countries have shown little improvement or worsened over the years. The deportation of these lawful immigrants would leave more than 279,000 U.S-born children with an uncertain future.

Fortunately, several immigrant advocacy groups have gone to federal court to challenge the administration’s TPS termination plans and have put the deportations — at least for the moment — on hold.

The sudden interest in granting TPS to Venezuelans is an about-face for the Trump administration. In late July, acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli told two top Democratic senators — Dick Durbin of Illinois and New Jersey’s Bob Menendez — that the administration would not designate Venezuela for TPS.

That was typical Trump hypocrisy. Administration officials have been warning Americans not to travel to Venezuela because it’s so dangerous, but at the same time telling desperate Venezuelans they could not stay here.

POLITICO reported that the administration was only eyeing TPS for Venezuelan migrants, noting that top White House advisor Stephen Miller, the mean-spirited architect of the president’s harsh immigration policies, is even on board with the idea.

The politics at play here are no surprise. Florida’s 29 electoral votes are crucial for any candidate wanting to capture the White House. Presidential elections here typically come down to razor-thin margins for the winner, so any advantage gained with any one group of voters can tilt the outcome. In 2016, Trump won Florida by beating Democrat Hillary Clinton by 1.2 percentage points, or less than 113,000 votes out of some 9.4 million ballots cast.

The Trump administration needs to do right by Venezuelans and make them eligible for TPS. It also needs to do right by the many Haitians, Salvadorans, Hondurans and other migrants who should have their current TPS eligibility extended and eventually be allowed to remain here permanently. It’s only fair.

Ivanka Trump anuncia que EEUU destinará $120 millones para atender la migración en Cúcuta – TalCual – 4 de Septiembre 2019

La hija de Trump sostuvo reunión con Julio Borges, Gaby Arellano, Karim Vera y Leidy Gómez, además de  inmigrantes venezolanos


Como parte de una gira por Colombia, Ivanka Trump, hija y asesora del presidente estadounidense Donald Trump, sostuvo una reunión con Julio Borges, canciller de Venezuela designado por Juan Guaidó, otros líderes de oposición y un grupo de mujeres inmigrantes venezolanos en la región, y anunció que destinará 120 millones para atender esta población.

Ivanka Trump visitó la Casa de la Mujer, refugio para migrantes auspiciado por la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), acompañada por el vicesecretario de Estado norteamericano, John Sullivan, el director de la USAID, Mark Green, y el encargado de Negocios para la Oficina Externa de Estados Unidos para Venezuela, James Story.

En el encuentro también participaron las diputadas Gaby Arellano y Karim Vera, además de la gobernadora del estado Táchira, Leidy Gómez.

Borges agradeció a los visitantes estadounidenses por el apoyo que ha brindado Estados Unidos a la causa opositora y la atención de migrantes. Sin embargo, advirtió que la migración empeorará mientras Nicolás Maduro permanezca en el poder.

En este sentido, destacó que es necesario destinar una mayor cantidad de recursos para atender la crisis migratoria, especialmente en Colombia.

La hija del mandatario estadounidense continuará su gira por Latinoamérica en Paraguay.

EEUU crea la Unidad de Asuntos de Venezuela – La Patilla – 28 de Agosto 2019

El Secretario de Estado de EE. UU. Mike Pompeo celebra una conferencia de prensa para hablar sobre la grave situación económica y política en Venezuela en la sede del Departamento de Estado Harry S. Truman el 11 de marzo de 2019 en Washington, DC. Pompeo culpó a los gobiernos de Cuba y Rusia por la agitación política, económica y de infraestructura en Venezuela, llamando a Cuba el “verdadero poder imperialista en Venezuela”. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / AFP
Mike Pompeo, secretario de Estado de los Estados Unidos, anunció a través de un comunicado, la creación de la Unidad de Asuntos de Venezuela, cuya oficia fue abierta en la embajada del país norteamericano en Colombia.

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De acuerdo con la información, la unidad es es la oficina diplomática interina del gobierno de los Estados Unidos en Venezuela, y estará a cargo del Encargado de Negocios, James Story.

La VAU servirá para la interacción con el gobierno del presidente interino Juan Guaido, la Asamblea Nacional, la sociedad civil venezolana y el pueblo de Venezuela.

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Departamento del Tesoro en Washington DC, Estados Unidos. EFE/Matthew Cavanaugh

 

“El Departamento de Estado anuncia la apertura de la Unidad de Asuntos de Venezuela (VAU), bajo el liderazgo del Encargado de Negocios James Story.

La VAU es la oficina diplomática interina del gobierno de los Estados Unidos en Venezuela, ubicada en la embajada de los Estados Unidos en Bogotá, Colombia, y se ha establecido con el apoyo bipartidista del Congreso de los Estados Unidos. La VAU continúa la misión de los Estados Unidos ante el gobierno legítimo de Venezuela y el pueblo venezolano. La VAU continuará trabajando por la restauración de la democracia y el orden constitucional en ese país, y la seguridad y el bienestar del pueblo venezolano.

La VAU interactúa con el gobierno del presidente interino Juan Guaido, la Asamblea Nacional elegida democráticamente, la sociedad civil venezolana y el pueblo de Venezuela. Estados Unidos agradece el apoyo del Gobierno de Colombia, que es una muestra más de su firme compromiso con la democracia y la paz en la región.

Estados Unidos apoya al presidente interino, Juan Guaidó, a la Asamblea Nacional y al pueblo de Venezuela en su intento por recuperar su democracia”. 

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