DHS Grants Temporary Legal Status to Venezuelan Migrants

The status change offers work authorization and protection from deportation.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that Venezuelan migrants would be granted temporary legal status for 18 months. The redesignation makes them eligible to work and offers temporary protection from removal. In addition to the 472,000 who arrived from Venezuela as of July 31 of this year, there are already about 242,700 Venezuelans who have already qualified for temporary status.

“Temporary protected status provides individuals already present in the United States with protection from removal when the conditions in their home country prevent their safe return,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “That is the situation that Venezuelans who arrived here on or before July 31 of this year find themselves in. We are accordingly granting them the protection that the law provides.“

The secretary added, “However, it is critical that Venezuelans understand that those who have arrived here after July 31, 2023, are not eligible for such protection, and instead will be removed when they are found to not have a legal basis to stay.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Mayorkas to be discerning as he heads DHS.
  • For the president and his Cabinet as they put immigration standards in place.
  • For the Lord to work His purposes in and through the United States.

Sources: News Nation, Forbes, NBC News 


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