States will maintain flights to continue deporting Venezuelans without visas or special permission to reside on North American soil.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it has removed 13,000 people who immigrated to Venezuela since May.
Last week the department authorized a new deportation flight to Venezuela, but it also included people from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, South Korea and Central America.
According to data from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service, since May 2023, the United States has deported 380,000 people from its territory.
No ties, but exiles to Venezuela
Venezuela and the United States have not maintained diplomatic relations since 2019, when Donald Trump stopped recognizing Nicolás Maduro as Venezuela’s president and recognized vice Juan Guaidó’s interim term.
However, this year Maduro and current President Joe Biden have been in contact again within the framework of talks with the opposition in Barbados. Part of those conversations led to an agreement to operate direct flights from the US.
Direct flights have not resumed for commercial aviation, but Venezuela will continue to be deported.
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