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Kaine Discusses U.S. Involvement In Venezuela Crisis With Latino Leaders in VA

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine met with Latino community leaders in Richmond Monday to discuss his recent trip to the Colombian-Venezuelan border. And there was some disagreement between the two parties over how the U.S. should intervene in Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis.

Kaine recounted meeting young children crossing the Columbian border in desperate need of cancer treatment that they can’t receive in Venezuela and elderly Venezuela’s struggling to make the journey. He said he supports the Trump administration providing humanitarian aid to the country and recognition of Juan Guaido as President.

“They’ve done one thing that I’m not yet on board with,” Kaine said. “Loose talk about military action there I think is dangerous.”

But some at the meeting said U.S. military intervention should be on the table. Susana Marino, president of the Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said she considers the instability in the country a threat to safety and security in the Americas.

“The humanitarian effort is going to be hindered, in my opinion, unless there is a surgical military intervention,” she said.

All seemed to agree that Venezuelans fleeing to the U.S. should be shielded from deportation.

President Trump has the power to give them temporary protected status without congressional action.

Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of Senators, including Kaine, sent a letter to the President urging him to grant TPS to Venezuelans.

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Whittney Evans is VPM News’ features editor.
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