Rubio Urges Trump to Provide DED to Venezuelans

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
January 18, 2021

With two days left in the Trump administration, President Donald Trump (R) has often been praised by South Florida Republicans for standing firm against Communist regimes like the Castro and Maduro regimes. Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R), who has been a staunch supporter of the President, referred to a letter directed to the Trump administration in October 2020, saying that he is “still hopeful that as I suggested over a year ago & again three months ago, the President will grant Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to eligible Venezuelan nationals currently residing in the US.”

In the letter, calling it a “constitutional authority,” Rubio urged President Trump “to conduct foreign relations to grant Deferred Enforced Departure to eligible Venezuelan nationals currently residing in the United States.”

He expressed that “such a designation is consistent with – and advances – your administration’s foreign policy priorities with regard to Venezuela, as well as support for our neighbors and allies in the Western Hemisphere.”

Rubio asserted that the United States has to make sure “that we are not deporting individuals back to a country in which the illegitimate Maduro regime and its security forces routinely carry out extra-judicial murders, disappearances, and torture of political opponents.”

Ultimately, Rubio detailed that “DED provides a temporary administrative stay of removal for nationals from Presidentially-designated countries, and has historically been implemented in cases of natural disasters, war, and even ‘widespread civil strife.’” Pointing out that “it does not provide status pursuant to federal immigration law but does enable an individual to legally work in the country for the duration of the designation.”

All eyes are now on the Trump administration as Americans wonder whether or not this will be a move that Trump makes before the incoming Biden administration takes office on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021.

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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