The United States government on Tuesday of last week announced the arrival of the first 4 Venezuelans on its territory to benefit from a migration program known as parole or humanitarian permit.
The US Department of Homeland Security confirmed in a statement Saturday that beneficiaries arrived “in a legal, orderly and secure manner at airports in the United States” less than a week after the portal went online to apply for the process. .
The federal government agency also highlighted that the implementation of the new humanitarian permit, with which it hopes to benefit 24,000 Venezuelans, has had a positive impact on its national security strategy at land borders.
“While this is in its early days, this process has already reduced Venezuelan illegal entry across our border by more than 85%, showing that when there is a systematic and legal way, people can put their lives in their hands.” will be less willing to give. of smugglers,” said DHS in your official note,
The federal government indicated that permit approvals for Venezuelans “started to come out” only 24 hours after the registration page was opened.
“The clearances started from late Wednesday night and the screening and verification of persons started,” the statement said.
One of the essential requirements of the new process is to verify the identity and criminal record of the potential beneficiary and the person who intends to be their sponsor within the United States for a period of more than 2 years.
According to the DHS, already “hundreds of Venezuelan individuals reviewed and approved (in process) can now book their travel to come to the United States, and the first 4 of them arrived by plane today (Saturday).”
The agency elaborated that two of them had come from Mexico, one from Guatemala and the other from Peru. “Additional travel authorizations and more arrivals will continue to be legal in the coming days,” the federal government’s note said.
The United States emphasized its message as it announced new humanitarian parole: “Venezuelaans who attempt to illegally cross the southern border of the United States will continue to return to Mexico and will be ineligible for this procedure in the future.” Will be.”
The Department of Homeland Security also emphasized that the governments of the United States and Mexico will continue to strengthen their “coordinated security operations” to target trafficking organizations seeking justice.
That campaign includes sharing information related to new migration points, additional personnel and resources, joint approaches against human trafficking organizations, and transit hubs, hotels, safe houses and staging sites for human trafficking operations. for the United States.
DHS stressed that these binational actions are based on the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection, which the two countries signed last June along with 19 other countries in the Western Hemisphere.
Opposition to the government of Nicolas Maduro, which is still in power, claimed the sovereignty of the United States for adopting migrant measures, but demanded that the new process lead to more than 24,000 humanitarian permits and warned that hundreds of their citizens The deportation of Mexico could jeopardize your rights to seek asylum.
On Friday, Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador also recommended expanding the number of humanitarian visas for Venezuelans stranded in his country and called on the White House to restore diplomatic ties with Caracas, which have been broken since 2019 .
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