Florida lawmakers fight for Venezuela TPS designation


Granting “Temporary Protected Status” for Venezuelan refugees has taken a prominent role in 2019.

At the beginning of the year, Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) and Rep. Donna Shalala (D) proposed TPS for Venezuelans in addition to Rep. Darren Soto (D) introducing the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019.

The bill would have allowed Venezuelans who came to the U.S. after early 2013 and who don’t have legal status to temporarily and legally stay in the country and avoid deportation. In addition, they would also be able to secure permits to work.