On Tuesday, November 8 at 19:30 GMT:
Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Mexico trying to reach the US face an uncertain future after the Biden administration abruptly placed them under an admissions policy long criticized by human rights groups.
In recent months, tens of thousands of Venezuelans who fled their country because of economic hardship and social unrest have tried to come to the US and apply for asylum, with some ultimately hoping to be reunited with their families. family members there. Many of those heading to America have suffered from worsening poverty in Latin American and Caribbean countries after leaving Venezuela. UN says 4.3 million won Venezuelans displaced across the region are now facing pressing challenges in terms of food, shelter and employment.
But when some Venezuelans evacuated to the US-Mexico border – many sold all their possessions and crossed the border. dangerous roads to get there – US border officials are implementation of Title 42 . law deport illegal immigrants to Mexico, where they must wait for the results of their asylum applications.
Title 42 has been used by the Trump administration to briefly deport refugees and migrants from countries including Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. While the Biden administration in recent months has search failed to end Title 42, it has now added Venezuelan nationals to the provision under the agreement with Mexico. Human rights groups say This move seriously interferes with the people’s right to asylum, in violation of international law.
While the sudden announcement Title extension 42The US government also introduced a process allowing about 24,000 Venezuelan citizens to come to the US on parole. Thousands of people have be licenced by program. But immigration rights groups say only a small fraction of Venezuelans qualify under that program’s strict conditions, and the vast majority of those in poverty will be in limbo.
In this episode of The Stream, we take a look at what lies ahead for vulnerable displaced Venezuelans and ask what actions are needed to help them.
In this episode of The Stream, we are joined by:
Manuel Rapalo, @Manuel_Rapalo
Reporter, Al Jazeera
Helena Olea, @hmolea
Associate Program Manager, Alianza Americas
Ari Sawyer, @arimsawyer
Border Researcher for the United States Program, Human Rights Watch