The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops are urging the US government to protect around 150,000 Venezuelans from deportation to their home country, which is in the grips of an economic and political crisis.
On Thursday, a Letter was sent by Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration, and Sean Callahan, CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), to the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security.
Temporary Protected Status. In it, they ask the US government for an 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela. The TPS designation would allow some-150,000 qualifying Venezuelan immigrants to live and work in the US while their home country is deemed unsafe.