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Nearly 500,000 Venezuelans are being granted legal status in the US

The Biden administration has announced new rules that will enable Venezuelans seeking asylum in the US and already residing in the country to legally work.

Around 472,000 individuals will qualify for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, responding to Democrats' requests to broaden work opportunities for recently arrived migrants. US cities have been dealing with a significant influx of people escaping economic and political unrest in Venezuela. To be eligible for temporary relief from deportation and access to work permits under TPS, individuals must have been residing in the US on or before July 31.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the expansion of protected status for Venezuelans was warranted due to the country's "increased instability and lack of safety".

"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," Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.
"That is the situation that Venezuelans who arrived here on or before 31 July of this year find themselves in."

Mayor Eric Adams of New York has been urging President Joe Biden to grant employment opportunities to migrants. The city has been facing challenges in providing shelter for tens of thousands of migrants, many of whom are from Venezuela, across various facilities. Adams, a Democrat, holds the federal and state government accountable for not providing sufficient aid to offer housing and social services to new arrivals. He expressed gratitude to President Biden for considering their coalition's pleas and granting Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelan asylum seekers. The number of migrants crossing the US-Mexico border illegally has risen in recent months, prompting Republican-led states to transport migrants to Democratic-run areas as a form of protest. The United Nations reports that over seven million people have left Venezuela due to the country's economic collapse under President Nicolas Maduro's leadership since 2013.



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