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Republicans Block TPS for Venezuelans

A Republican authored a bill to extend TPS protections to Venezuelans, but a Republican senator still blocked its unanimous passage

Mazin Sidahmed

Sep 18, 2020

Credit: Eileen Grench

Credit: Eileen Grench

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Republicans blocked Senate Democrats’ proposal Wednesday that would fast track a bill to grant Venezuelans Temporary Protected Status. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) were behind the bill that would’ve granted Venezuelans the ability to live and work legally in the U.S. for limited time without fear of deportation. They attempted to pass it using unanimous consent, but Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) blocked the bill’s passage on behalf of Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, the Miami Herald reports. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden criticized Republicans for blocking the bill, which was co-authored by two Florida lawmakers: Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Democratic Rep. Darren Soto. The Miami Herald

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Mazin Sidahmed

Mazin Sidahmed is the co-executive director of Documented. He previously worked for the Guardian US in New York. He started his career writing for The Daily Star in Beirut and he also contributed to Politico New York.




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