MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Biden administration just announced it is offering Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans in the United States.
That’s as many as 320,000 eligible immigrants – many of them living right here in South Florida.READ MORE: Retired Police Major Explains How Miami-Dade Officers Are Trained Not To Mix Up Handgun & Taser
The Department of Homeland Security’s declaration allows the government to grant provisional humanitarian protection, saying it’s just not safe for Venezuelans to return home.READ MORE: With J&J's Single-Shot Paused, Medical Expert Says People Shouldn’t ‘Try To Skimp At This Stage’ When It Comes To 2nd Dose Of Pfizer Or Moderna
“The living conditions in Venezuela reveal a country in turmoil, unable to protect its own citizens,” said DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “It is in times of extraordinary and temporary circumstances like these that the United States steps forward to support eligible Venezuelan nationals already present here, while their home country seeks to right itself out of the current crises.”
The protection will last for 18 months.MORE NEWS: 'Bed Tax' Change Backed In Florida House
The administration is also reviewing sanctions against Venezuela’s leaders.