Washington D.C., Mar 11, 2021 / 10:20 am
The U.S. bishops' conference praised the Biden administration on Thursday for granting special immigration status for Venezuelans to remain and work in the United States.
The Biden administration announced on Monday that it would be designating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the next 18 months. Citizens of countries granted TPS are permitted to work and live in the United States and are shielded from deportation, due to conditions in their home country that would endanger them upon their return.
"We commend this just and humane decision by the Administration, which will provide much needed relief to those Venezuelans already present in the United States," said a statement released on Thursday by Bishop Mario Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and Bishop David Malloy of Rockford.
Bishop Dorsonville is the chairman of the U.S. bishops' conference (USCCB) migration committee, while Bishop Malloy leads the USCCB international justice and peace committee.