Biden Administration Redesignates Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela
On Wednesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas announced the extension and redesignation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. As a result, Venezuelans who were continuously residing in the country before July 31, 2023, among other criteria, will have temporary protection from removal and work authorizations. Acquiring such protection will make it easier for people to find and change work, and assert their rights on the job, so this is an important vehicle for worker empowerment.
"We welcome the news that the Biden Administration has redesignated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela. As a result, thousands of migrants who fled to this country seeking refuge will have the opportunity to work safely and provide vital support to their families and our nation’s economy," said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. "TPS is a pro-worker tool that brings much-needed relief to working families and communities at home and abroad. We applaud this announcement and urge the administration to designate and redesignate TPS for all countries destabilized by conflict and disasters. Unions will continue our work to ensure that all those in our communities are able to live and work with rights and dignity."