Florida Pols Seek Legal Status for Refugees from Chavez' Venezuela

US representatives call on Bush to let Venezuelans stay (by Laura Wides-Munoz, AP, 3.27.07)

MIAMI - Five U.S. representatives are calling on the federal government to provide temporary legal status to Venezuelans who may be in the country illegally for what they contend is a recent increase in political persecutions in the South American country.

U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., Mario Diaz-Balart R-Fla., Connie Mack R-Fla. and Jerry Weller, R-Ill., sent a letter Monday to President Bush asking him to order the Department of Homeland Security to temporarily stop deporting Venezuelans.

"We strongly believe that the Chavez government in Venezuela at this time is persecuting its citizens for their political views," the representatives wrote in the letter.


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