MIAMI (CBS4)– A growing number of Venezuelans are fleeing to the United States and seeking political asylum.

About 4,500 Venezuelans received asylum between 2000 and 2010, five times more than occurred during the previous decade, according to the Associated Press.

Most are young professionals and business leaders who feel threatened by President Hugo Chavez’s socialist-oriented government.

One man who organized parties said he was driving in Caracas in 2007 when two men from the state security service pulled him over, called him a traitor to Chavez and put a gun to his head. He soon moved to Miami and received asylum.

The Venezuelan embassy in Washington had no comment on the trend.

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Comments (3)
  1. dan says:

    is this a real story, or an obvious statement after more than a decade?

  2. Chucky says:

    No! …bad trend.

    Why not drive across local borders to Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, etc.

    Oh, that’s right, their third-world too.

    These are the idiots who spirit what money they can from Venezuela, then come to the U.S. with their outdated, neo-aristocratic mentalities, and treat – my country’s – history and identity with callous disregard.

    Of course, they will live in the nearest third-world microcosm they can find; that being Miami, so they never really have to assimilate into American culture and society.

    Then, they’ll drive around with Venezuelan flags dangling from their rear-view mirrors, and tell you how forward thinking they are, “down in Caracas,” every chance they get.

    Personally, I’m really tired of this shmit, and I thoroughly do not accept it.

    As an American, I don’t have to.

    1. Kay says:

      Did you get dump by a Venezuelan??? LOL

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