New York, NY—Today, the Biden Administration announced that it will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela through March 2024. However, the Administration, and its Department of Homeland Security, chose not to redesignate TPS for Venezuela. This move will deny protections for the over 150,000 Venezuelans who have arrived in the United States since March 8, 2021.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
"Extending Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela is a step in the right direction for the people who were forced to flee that country’s political unrest and find refuge in the United States. However, the Biden administration must do more to live up to its humanitarian obligations by redesignating TPS for Venezuela to ensure that hundreds of thousands of families already in the U.S. do not remain at risk of deportation to an unstable country. The New York Immigration Coalition calls on Congress to pass permanent legislative protections immediately to guarantee the well-being and safety of over 300,000 Venezuelans who have been living, working and building a life in the U.S. The majority of Americans support creating a pathway to citizenship for TPS and DACA recipients, and the millions of families who call America home, but find their lives turned upside down every few years due to changing political headwinds and policies."