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“What do you have in Venezuela?” a friend yelled through the phone. “You can’t work, you can’t go out. There’s no food, or medicine, nothing!”

He had just offered me what many Venezuelans dream of: a place to stay, three meals a day and even an allowance. The catch? I’d be illegally in Trump’s U.S.

“There are ways to get papers” he said. “In any case, I’ll sign for everything. Trust me.”

I said I’d think about it and call him back. And never did.

It was tempting, but also dangerous. It was my third time in the United States, and the gap between Venezuela and the rest of the world felt bigger every time I visited. One couldn’t help feeling like Robin Williams in Moscow on the Hudson.

“There are ways to get papers” he said. “In any case, I’ll sign for everything. Trust me.”

There’s so much of everything. So many people, hundreds of stores selling thousands of things, and the food! There were also liberties most people in the developed world take for granted, the knowledge that if you need something from a store, they’ll have it and if you can’t afford it, it won’t cost three times more next week. Just going out without the constant fear of a bullet is a privilege.

But what I enjoyed the most was walking. Strolling aimlessly down the street, looking at people, visiting new places I might never see again, having conversations with strangers and learn something I didn’t know. Or just taking my time, enjoying life for the first time in a long, long time.

For over a decade, hundreds of thousands have joined the Bolivarian Diaspora looking for a better life abroad. At first, it seemed mostly like an upper class phenomenon, but as the crisis deepened, it reached Venezuelans of all ages and social classes. The number one priority wasn’t where to go, or in what circumstance, but simply flee, and once abroad figure out the rest.

At first, it seemed mostly like an upper class phenomenon, but as the crisis deepened, it reached Venezuelans of all ages and social classes.

It was no surprise, then, seeing people congratulating me on social media for what they thought was a “new stage of my life.” After all, they’ve seen dozens of friends and relatives moving overnight to Panama, Peru, Spain, or Chile, and I couldn’t help but wonder, what if I drop everything —my mother, a promising career, my home— and start from scratch?

Can I still call Venezuela a home?

Ilegales

Rodolfo and Jessica are old friends who live in central New Jersey with other three Venezuelans. It’s an old split-level house turned into a duplex, and in the months they’ve lived there, they have turned around the place, painting the walls and getting furniture, some from Walmart, others from the dumpster.

“We got the lease very cheap because the previous tenant used to cook meth” Rodolfo tells me, and I’m not sure if he’s joking. Like half the adult Venezuelans in the U.S., they have a college degree and, like everyone else in the house, they work as servers for a catering service.

Both of them are in a legal limbo. Technically, they are illegal immigrants and they are doing the paperwork to apply for political asylum, but Venezuela tops the list of asylum seekers in the U.S. with 14,700 applications in 2016.

Both of them are in a legal limbo. Technically, they are illegal immigrants and they are doing the paperwork to apply for political asylum.

Jessica tells me that the first few months, they treated themselves with concerts and things you would expect from two young adults living on their own, but they have sobered up and started to cut corners. The month before they had to pay $200 for a medical check-up and antibiotics.

But things are looking up for them, “I have a great opportunity with the warehouse, they are expanding” Rodolfo says. “I’m worried I will like it too much, you know? Only making money to hang there and nothing more.”

The United States is the number one destination for Venezuelans seeking a better life, with Spain a distant second. We’re hardly alone: there are over 54 million latinos there, mostly first and second-generation immigrants. In fact, it’s the second country with most Spanish speakers, after Mexico.

According to the Pew Research Center, in 2014, it was estimated that between 25% to 30% of Venezuelans in the U.S. were in the country illegally, belonging in the top ten of countries whose citizens overstayed their tourist visa. I imagine things in the past three years have worsened the trend.

Return To Reality

With the current U.S. government hardening their stance on illegal immigration and paying extra attention to visiting Venezuelans, throwing yourself haphazardly to the Land of the Free isn’t the best of ideas.

Migration is hard, particularly when your country is falling apart.

Migration is hard, particularly when your country is falling apart. In the Miami airport bathroom, just waiting for my flight to Caracas, I engaged in small talk with a Cuban janitor. He reminded me that our tragedy, although painful, is hardly unique.

“Give hell to those carajos!” he added with passion.

The flight to Caracas was packed, mostly by people visiting relatives back home. For me, it was this. Reporting stories that would be ignored, doing the one thing I feel I’m good at for the benefit of others. Covering Venezuela is mostly a labor of love with a pinch of insanity, and as long I can keep my head above the waves, I have a reason to stay.

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82 COMMENTS

  1. If the author has a problem with “Trump’s U.S.A.,” let him stay in shithole VZ.

    He’s also ignorant of the fact that most VZ asylum-seekers will get it granted if done properly, unless VZ turns towards democracy. They’ll get similar status to Cubans.

    If you overstay your visa and don’t go through the paperwork? You’re shit out of luck and deported.

    As it should be.

    I think the author is just scared, and that’s totally understandable.

    • Immigration laws:

      – No bilingual school programs
      – No voting ballots in a foreign language
      – No welfare, food stamps or any tax-funded benefit for foreigners
      – Waterfront properties cannot be sold to foreigners
      – Foreigners shall not be allowed to protest, demonstrate or wave foreign flags
      – Foreigners won’t be admitted if they can present a threat to the equilibrium of the national demographics
      – Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished. (Article 117)
      Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years
      – Foreigners are to be admitted “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress”
      – Govt can suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest

      Do these seem too harsh? Aaaaaw…

      They’re some of the Mexican Immigration Laws.

    • Ira, are you off your meds again, or hitting the bottle to be so nasty so early in day?

      Read it again. He wasn’t criticizing Trump’s USA (and it’s not his USA, it’s ours, imcluding you and me. And Trump is a temporary resident). The author was clearly implying the current regime does not take kindly to illegals including those over staying their visa limit. He left so as not to be illegal. Chill dude.

      • Most CC writers are known for their TDS condition. It’s fair to say the author probably couldn’t help himself at taking a jab at Trump, even though the Obama admin deported many more because, wait for it, it was also following the law.

        These tramposos, applying for asylum just because they’re fleeing hampa and can’t wait in line like the rest of us, will be held responsible for immigration officials being harsher on those who are in fact politically persecuted in their countries.

      • Please, give me a break.

        That comment shows his stupidity and prejudice against Trump. This is the fucking stupidity that got Chavez elected.

        And how creative of you, accusing me of being “off my meds” for confirming the facts and stating my opinion.

        I simply refuse to accept the fucking arrogant, misguided opinions about Trump. If you want to live in that fantasy world, be my guest.

        I won’t be a part of that, and sure won’t be a part of how the U.S. should somehow be held to a different standard than every other country in Central and South America.

        • Ira, I assure you, the days of people holding the President of the United States to a higher standard than leaders of “every other country in Central and South America” are for the present time, decidedly over. Rest easy on that one.

          • Haven’t you gotten the message that no one gives a shit what you think about Trump?

            Or that worthless communist of a dick Trudeau whose dick you suck in your dreams every night?

            Seriously:

            A little no-nothing communist piece of shit?

            Trudeau is the most worthless national leader on today’s world stage, and you actually LIKE him!

            No wonder Trump upsets you so much!

          • You have mental problems, don’t you?

            It’s best to get off the internet for a while.

            Can’t help, but think you’re a troll with a name like “ira”.

        • IRA, DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME TRYING TO DISCUSS THESE ISSUES WITH VENEZUELANS OR US LIBERALS. FOR ONE, VENEZUELAN ARE GENERALLY POOR EDUCATED, THEY GENERALLY DON’T KNOW ANYTHING BUT WILL TREAT YOU AS IF YOU KNEW NOTHING AND THEY ARE EXPERTS ON EVERYTHING. THE DISCUSSION ABOUT IMMIGRATION IS JUST AN EXAMPLE: MEXICO OR ARGENTINA OR VENEZUELA HAVE THE MOST RESTRICTIVE IMMIGRATION LAWS OF THE WORLD HOWEVER THEY COMPLAINT ABOUT USA LAWS. WELL THEY ONLY HAVE TO STAY IN VENEZUELA. THE POINT ABOUT PUBLIC BILINGUAL SCHOOLS, THIS ONLY EXIST IN THE USA. IN THE REMAINING OF THD WORLD THAT WILL BE FORBIDDEN BY THE CONSTITUTION. DO THEY KNOW FOR INSTANCE THAT THE USA HAS NO OFFICIAL LANGUAGE SET FORTH IN THE CONSTITUTION OR ANY LAW. AND SO ON. PLEASE IGNORE THESE IGNORANT BLOGGERS. BESIDES, IF THEY ARE NOT US CITIZENS, THEN THEY DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH. I CAN CONTINUE FOR PAGES LONG.

  2. Oh heck, just come. Trump can’t get the Mexicans and Guatemalans to stop flooding in.

    The worst case scenario is that after you overstay, you get put in the hoosegow for a bit. 3 hots and a cot. Then you can milk it for as long as possible, while your court appointed attorney explains why you need asylum. If you’ve got a friend or relative, you might be able to stay with them if they bond you. By then, Chavismo might be Tango Uniform.

    • I’ve read that Rubio, Melendez, Trump et.al, are planning to make a pipeline for Venezuelans who qualify (no criminal history, sponsorship) for temporary asylum.

      Also, POLIO?!? WTF?? Central South America may have just closed their doors. Sigh.

    • AMEN TO THAT.

      5% of any population is unemployable. Useless laggards who for whatever reason cannot function in any capacity, even with direct supervision. (I have a brother who falls into this category of slackerdom).

      Right now, I could hire TODAY about 4 guys who can lay up cabinets, and could hire TODAY 3 full time carpenters for home building. I might as well put my nuts in a meat grinder to hire some of the douche-bags who roll in thinking they ought to get paid 6 figures for ZERO talent and the complete inability to show up on time, let alone 5 days per week.

      Open the borders for legal immigrants who want to work, Mr. President.

      • Guapo,

        Silicon Valley is teaming with residential construction, especially “remodels” (where one 2*4 is left with a corner of foundation, and a new 4000 SF house is built on a 3000 SF lot). I go out and walk my neighborhood for an hour, and will pass a dozen different construction projects. The entire crew is amigos. No one is speaking English. The only white guys I see are the electricians, maybe the sheet metal guys for the high end copper flashing and downspouts, and the contractors themselves. Everyone else is from Mexico. And they work hard. Painters, gardeners, construction workers, restaurant kitchen workers, tree trimmers, auto body and tire shops, and so on. If all illegal .. I mean “undocumented” Mexican workers suddenly disappeared, construction, auto repair, restaurants would grind to a halt. Pretty much anything labor – including skilled or semi-skilled, is all hard-working Mexicans. Food trucks? Lots of them – mostly Mexican families. The only businesses that I see young (20s-30s) white kids working are the craft breweries and pot growing outfits. Driving south through farm land, I don’t see any white kids out there picking berries in the mid day sun, either. My kids would not have lasted an hour ….

        • Ever seen the movie “A day without Mexicans””? Pretty funny movie but unfortunately pretty close to the truth.
          As far as referring to illegal aliens as undocumented that is just politically correct semantics pushed by the left. If a person is in this country without legal permission to be here then they are by definition illegal aliens whether they are from Mexico or Mars, Venezuela or Venus, Suriname or Saturn. Illegal is illegal and illegal does not mean undocumented, it means illegal. The left refuses to call something by what it really is…you can call a potato a tomato but it’s still a potato.

          • I’m pretty sure calling them illegal aliens is fine since it’s accurate. It’s when it’s shorten to just illegals is when it’s found to be offense because it implies that a person, as in their being, can be illegal and that defines them.

            I’m against PC culture, but it’s silly, probably offense, and wrong to call them illegals or undocumented workers. The correct term is “illegal aliens”.

            What you call the left pushes “undocumented workers” because it will be shorted to undocumented anyhow.

            One more thing, overstaying your visa in the U.S is a civil violation and not a criminal one. So it doesn’t even make sense to call them criminals. Venezuelans all come on planes and are inspected prior to entry.

            It’s a criminal offense if they cross the border without inspection.

        • Like I said, I don’t give a shit about where they come from or what language they speak… I need guys who will show up and put in any honest days work*. And 5% of any population is useless. The unemployment rate here is 2.2%… so you know that those without jobs are worse than useless.

          *One of my cabinet makers is a Somalian. He works his ass off and I wanted to know if he had any buddies who wanted to learn a trade. “Nope”. Their culture has a different work ethic that he has shaken off but his kin has not.

          • @ElGuapo….maybe your Somalian employee dosent have any buddies that he would feel good about recommending to you. He probably thinks if the guy does not work out then it may make him look bad in your eyes.

          • The point you’re missing a little:

            Way more than 5% of any population is useless.

            Anyone getting permanent status in the states is eligible for social security at 62. So anyone over 40 entering has only paid into the system for 22 years…and they hardly pay in at all.

            And what about the older fucks who put nothing in at all? A 60-year-old getting resident alien status?

            SS can’t support this kind of model. It’s turning the U.S. into a shithole and KILLING the viability of SS.

            And don’t give me that bullshit that we need “new workers” to help sustain SS. That’s a whole other argument I would be glad to engage in.

    • HAPPILY THESE MENTALLY RETARDED (SORRY TO THE BORN LIKE IT) WON’T COME TO THE USA – GOD’S BLESSING THAT WE HAVE TRUMP.

  3. I vote that JGV loses the “wannabe” in his “tag line” or whatever it is. You are a writer, and a damn good one. Thanks for the content you provide.

  4. I liked your observation about just walking around, without having to worry about it.

    Venezuelans living and working undocumented trade one set of risks and hardships for another set. They are vulnerable, particularly those who are in jobs working alone, at night or where there are other safety risks. People use that vulnerability as a lever. All the time. People here will know those stories.

    Applying the label “illegal” to people in this position demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding, or worse. When the label is applied proudly, to gin up support, it’s just shameful. There are plenty of people who have done much worse, and who should be locked up but are not, and we don’t call them illegals. Applying it to people fleeing appalling conditions, and applying it with glee, is the symptom of a sick human being.

    • Um—no, a country is allowed to decide who is admitted, and those who govern have the responsibility to make certain determinations as such. You may disagree with the free flow of capital across borders but the free flow of humans across borders would be disastrous.

      Just because I think the idea of a border wall is laughable does not mean it should be considered offensive.

      Of course, I am aware and will admit that the US benefits from “illegal” immigrant ion.

      • You’re mischaracterizing my point. And I’m fine with the free flow of capital. Why capital is allowed more freedom of movement than people, I will leave to the ultra nationalist philosophers here on the CC comments section, but yes, I accept that we have rules about immigration. And they are frankly, in large measure, in step with the reality of a small european city state that produces nothing but clocks.

        • And your proposition to change the current state of affairs is what?

          Did not mean to mischaracterize your position. Though I disagree with you often it does not mean that I do not value your input.

          • Reform. It is a complicated subject. Like tax reform or health care. We need to deal with it on rational terms. In general terms:

            1. Cut the incendiary rhetoric and cheap scapegoating, so people can have a rational discussion and make decisions.

            2. Bring the law into step with reality in terms of the long term, existing status of immigrants. It is not going to reverse itself, no matter how much arbitrary harm and suffering is inflicted to gin up angry, motivated voters.

            3. Liberalize immigration. But don’t make the mistakes that were made around liberalizing trade. Make sure there is infrastructure in place to address transition: services, education, training, upgrading. What pays for that? Well, if they think they can fund a Wall, this alternative would be peanuts.

            That way, all of us, including the very people who are tasked with removing immigrants, will have people to support their health care, retirement and their pensions, and a reasonable level of future economic growth and development.

            Otherwise, if we want it to be all angry white people here who talk like us, we’re going to have to be content to die younger, angrier and poorer.

          • By the way waltz, thanks for asking. I just expect a pile-on, and you had an honest question.

        • Angry, old, white, men, that take “pride” and “glee” in labeling migrants “illegal,” who are ultra-nationalist philosophers, and like to use incendiary rhetoric with cheap scapegoating.

          Does that about sum up your (and Kepler’s) stereotype for us commenters, Canuckles?

          • My Canadian mother used to tell me, “If you can’t say something nice about a person, then don’t say anything at all.” So I will not stereotype all Canadians based on your constant insults and rants.

          • I get it. Double standard. “Reverse discrimination”. The marginalized old, angry, white, ultra nationalist, and the burden he bears.

            You stand in the shoes of civil rights giants with your point, Lorenzo.

          • Nope, Canuckles, you don’t get it. What he’s saying is that you’re an asshole. But, you know this.

          • He always categorizes me as an old angry white guy.

            Without realizing his stupidity brings out that anger.

            He really is a putz.

          • how can you label someone who goes illegally to another country other than ILLEGAL? gee i wonder …

          • “how can you label someone who goes illegally to another country other than ILLEGAL? gee i wonder …”

            I never use the term “illegal”. I refer to them by the proper terminology………undocumented democrats.

    • Hey, Einstein:

      So what does Canada call them?

      Probably the same thing but in French, so as not to offend those in your country who want to secede because you’re not all talking ENOUGH French. What a county:

      Perpetually on the verge of collapse because half hate the other half’s guts.

  5. MRubio

    I hope you see this. I have been unable to get through by telephone.

    Vicky has supplies for Crystal and she has spoken to Crystal’s mother. Please stress to Crystal’s Mom that as soon as she knows whether these are the right products, I need to know due to the delays in getting more to her. Surprisingly, airfreight was only delayed a few days on this shipment. I will double the next quantities to give us a cushion and then try to send them on a regular basis as long as Crystal needs them.

    The world is all good. Vicky’s new phone was also delivered. A women without a phone is like a Chavista with frozen assets. Neither one is very happy.

    Seriously though, She can access the internet when you can’t. If you can call her, she will pass messages on to me.

    • John, movilstar cratered here for the better part of 2 days. I happened to check the phone and found I had coverage so I’m on line at the moment. My phone, movinet, I’m afraid is dying so the problems you’re having may not be the fault of the provider, but the fault of my extremely old phone.

      I haven’t spoken to Crystal’s mom but know that she’s still in Caracas. When we hook up with her tonight, I’ll be sure to pass along your message.

      As usual, thanks for all you do.

      PS: My woman borrowed a movinet phone from one of our clients and was able to contact Valeria’s dad this morning. Valeria is stable in ICU and her platelets are climbing which is good news for the moment.

      • MOVILNET IS AN ARRANGEMENT OF MOTHER SPAIN TO KEEP VENEZUELANS ON LINE. THEY PRODUCE HUGE LOSSES THAT THE MOTHER COMPANY WRITES OFF REGULARLY. ONE DAY THEY WILL BE TIRED TOO AND VENDZUELANS EXPERTS ON EVERYTHING WILL BE FINALLY UNABLE TO WRITE MORE STUPIDITY

  6. “Just going out without the constant fear of a bullet is a privilege.”

    You may want to stay out of East St. Luis, South Chicago, Baltimore in general, and of course Detroit.

  7. “in Trump’s U.S.”

    Always signalling. I hate to break it to you, what with the media narrative and all, but Trump’s U.S. is not any different than Obama’s U.S. or Bush’s U.S. or Clinton’s U.S. But, you can get yourself a pussy hat and be “terrified” of Trump, if you like.

    • You are wrong. Trump’s USA is much better than Obama’s, it is the USA in its fullest glory, it is back to its splendor, it is like Heaven on Earth plus The Promised Land.
      It is like a country being ruled by Lincoln and Pericles.

      • I was just remarking that, as I watched footage of the head spymaster of the most brutal communist dictatorship on earth being given a tour of the Oval Office. While a trade war was starting up with the G7.

        What wonders do we see. Lincoln and Pericles really do not do it justice.

        • No worries Cnuckles, even you can take a tour of the White House. Just get there early, sign up and wait in line. My mother (nearly 80) says when she was a kid, you could just show up at the white house and walk around (with the public in general).

          • Now that I’m informed by Trump’s team of legal advisers that he has the power to shoot people, be immune from prosecution, AND pardon himself, I’m staying away from there thanks.

          • No need to invoke Executive Immunity. Your extreme and well-documented Trump-hate borders on the psychopathic. He could shoot you and claim self-defense.

          • We’ve gone from mother’s wisdom to “psychopathic” pretty darn quickly, Lorenzo. I think you have “Executive Immunity” confused with “Dictator”, but its your Constitution.

          • “Now that I’m informed by Trump’s team of legal advisers that he has the power to shoot people, be immune from prosecution, AND pardon himself, I’m staying away from there thanks.”

            What’s the big deal? Obama had an American citizen murdered and never received a smidgen of flak from the MSM, and I’m sure not a single negative word from you either.

            Yet I see the magnificent orange bastard continues to live rent-free in your head.

        • And how do you solve a problem like Maria?

          Venezuelans fleeing Venezuela are a responsibility for the international community. The problem is the Maduro regime.

      • It’s sure a hell of a lot better than the Nazi past that you worship!

        And let’s face facts:

        You’re a closet Nazi, but without the SS and brownshirts to defend you…

        You’re not that tough, are you?

        Didn’t think so.

  8. Jose, well-written in general, particularly-touching last paragraph. You are very talented, both as an observer, and with fiction-reality (Sebastian, et. al.). Kudos.

  9. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/amid-crisis-venezuelans-say-u-s-revoking-tourism-visas-n876166

    Word I’m getting is that the US Embassy is shortly going to make it next to impossible for any Venezuelan to leave the country to the US, which will force the upwardly mobile to start stirring the pot in country realizing there is no escape valve. Basically forcing people to force a solution now that they can only scram to Chile, Argentina, etc.

    Another one I heard about is the forced repatriation of any family living or studying abroad who’s parent is part of Chavismo or the military. This is a harsh move but it sounds like a plan to lock everyone is the room, so to speak, till the discontent forces something to give from within. Seems doubtful this one would ever be enforced, for obvious reasons.

    • “José Colina, the president of a Venezuelan exile organization in Miami, said he had heard of close to 40 such cases since January.

      “This is causing alarm among Venezuelans because their visas are valid.” he said. “They are just applying for other relatives.”

      40 cases that he’s quoting from his own experience since January constitutes some crisis or conspiracy? Out of a population of 30 million?

      Oh, come on please. This is nonsense.

      And it’s probably total bulkshit.

      • Oh. I missed the most salient point:

        If you’re a Venezuelan with a long-term U.S. tourist visa, multiple entries, YOU CAN’T APPLY ON BEHALF OF SOMEONE ELSE! That makes no fucking sense at all, and isn’t how the system works.

        Stupid fucking article, totally devoid of truth.

        • If you have children under 17, you apply on behalf for them. It is mentioned in the article: “In March, Gabriela, who did not want her real name used so as not to antagonize U.S. embassy officials, filled out an online form to renew her children’s tourism visas. They were planning to spend a couple of weeks in Miami this summer visiting family.
          Related
          In the chaos of Venezuela, a daughter fights for her father’s life

          She had previously obtained visas for her sons, now 7 and 9, but never used them, and the visas were about to expire. A friend of hers recently had her visa revoked, so Gabriela, 32, said she used her contacts to arrange for two U.S. elected officials to send letters of support to the embassy.

          To her astonishment, on the day of the interview, not only were her sons’ renewals denied, her 10-year tourism visa was revoked.

          She said she took documents to prove that she owns businesses and properties and cares for her 98-year-old grandfather in Venezuela, and that she had no intention of staying in the U.S.

          For the past 25 years, she has traveled to the U.S. with a tourist visa, but she said the consular officer this time did not appear interested in the documents.

          “All he asked to look at was my passport,” Gabriela said. “He asked me five questions, walked away, and returned saying my passport had been revoked. He never gave me a reason why.”

          She was dumbfounded and angry.

          “I did not have plans to stay in Miami. Now my sons cannot meet their family,” she said. “I feel frustrated and deceived.” “

  10. If the US Embassy thinks that denying B1/B2 visas will make Venezuelans angry at their current government (maduro et al) in my opinion that is *stupid* reasoning. There are many other countries in the world were Venezuelans can emigrate legally, denying B1/B2 for Venezuelans who want to travel to US for visiting friends , relatives or just doing some touring, will only piss them off. I understand that the few approved visas are only for 1 year, and that really is only valid for 6 months, because then you have to apply for a new visa. Besides, when you apply at a port of entry, you are given a 1-3 week stay…

    • Most of my relatives…well, a lot…already have U.S. tourist visas valid for a number of years and basically unlimited visits, as long as they don’t overstay the max stay each visit.

      Maybe the State Department is trying to separate the morons, late-comers, disaffected Chavistas who NOW want to get the hell out…

      From the smarter folks who got their visas long ago, who knew what this shithole was going to become.

  11. The amount of people asking for asylum is staggering. That’s the reason they are restricting visas. There are so many abuses that now new petitioners are interviewed first. There is a whole asylum industry, I learned a new term last week:”Armando el muñeco”. Setting up the “persecution” story. It has gotten so pathetic that people with european passports are asking for asylum.

    • A person with an European passport asking for asylum in US ? That is really more stupid … Soon the immigration legislation in US will be modified to shorten the time when you apply for asylum and the time your case is reviewed and then approved or denied …

  12. This article is so funny and the irony is that Venezuela was the country that was hurt the most by illegal inmigration, the waves of colombian, caribbean and latam refugees did nothing but harm to this nation. It brought only crime, misery and social unrest but now people here are complaining about other countries being worried about the same thing happening to them.

    It only benefited adecos and copeianos of course, they then gave away cedulas like candy so that a bunch of uneducated illegals and criminals could vote and invade private property to build ranchos. The “open arms” policy was extremely bad for us. Thanks cubans , colombians and puertoricas for bringing us your glorious santeria, communism, regueton and narco culture!

    In the us only the narcos, the gangs and unscrupulous bussineses benefit from illegal inmigration, the only reason leftists want more illegals is to exploit them for lower pay in their commercial interests.

    Eventually ther countries are going to suffer the same downfall Venezuela suffered, just wait a few more years and it will be extremely noticeable in any country that houses a big venezuelan communist, as a bunch of marginales and illegals will come to destroy their neighborhoods, mooch from the public spending without contributing and commiting more felonies than they can imagine their economies , sanitation , health and security is going to take a deep dive just as it happened in Caracas during the 80s and 90s.

    Illegals get no simpathy from me, if you can contribute to a country and have nothing to hide you should be able to go there LEGALLY. The US or any other country is not in an obligation to just receive anyone without any kind of standard.If you can meet the standards dont go there. Period, if you are so desperate, try colombia and dont cry about first world nations having too many rules, they have those rules so they can stay first world nations.

  13. Canada warns immigrants in U.S. about heading north of the border

    In what has become an increasingly regular mission, Canadian representatives visited the U.S this week to warn immigrants fearful over President Trump’s immigration crackdown that they can’t simply rush north of the border to find safe haven.

    In August, Royal Canadian Mounted Police caught more than 5,500 people trying to illegally cross from the U.S. Those were mostly Haitian immigrants who will soon lose Temporary Protected Status as part of the Trump administration’s phase-out of the TPS program that has protected more than 300,000 people from countries struck by war and natural disasters.

    Only about 8% of their asylum application have been approved, however, meaning the vast majority have been turned down and are being deported straight back to their home countries.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/06/08/canada-warns-immigrants-u-s-heading-north-border/683297002/

    Why do Canadians hate and fear little brown people?

    • Because they want it to be a U.S. problem only.

      Trudeau is an ethno-centric, bullshit artist. A true liberal! But not really, you know? He’s only a liberal to play to half his political constituency, and a protectionist to play to the other half.

      This putz studied Obama’s playbook on how to influence people and win elections, except he’s still just a putz.

      Complaining about new U.S. tariffs, while Canada imposes a 270% tariff on all American dairy imports.

      It’s simply incredible how shmucks like Canucklehead here don’t understand that that they’re not American, yet want to enjoy the advantages without bearing the burden. Idiots like him think they’re “almost” American.

  14. While six of the seven G7 leaders are crying like little babies because Trump wants fair trade…there’s no such thing as FREE trade…

    Trump leaving early for a historic meeting with North Korean leadership.

    It’s pitiful how little putzes like Trudeau can’t see the big picture. Or maybe he CAN see it, and that’s what bothers him.

    He wishes he was Trump.

  15. CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHO IS TALKING TO AND IGNORING THE MAIN POINT: VENEZUELANS WHETHER THEY COME IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OR PERSONAL PRIVATE PLANES, EVEN THE RICHEST CANNOT GET ANY LONGER THEIR TWO WAY WIN, STAY THREE MONTHS IN THE USA & THREE MONTHS IN THEIR ADORED SHITHOLE. MANY HAVE BECOME ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS – I MEAN, THEY ARE SUBJECT TO AT LEAST DEPORTATION AND PROHIBITION TO VISIT THE USA FOR TEN (10) YEARS. SO YES, IT IS VERY RISKY. WE SHOULD PROMOTE THEM GOING TO EUROPE (MERKEL’S GERMANY) OR TO TRUDEAU’S CANADA. DON’T COUNT ON LOW UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE USA TO ACCEPT MORE VENEZUELANS. CONTRARY TO MEXICANS, VENEZUELAN DON’T LIKE TO WORK. THEY ONLY WANT DOLLARS FOR FREE. BY THE WAY, MADURO’S ONLY SOLUTION IS TO BUILD AN A-BOMB. THEN MAYBE, WE WILL MEET HIM IN ARUBA OR SIMILAR ISLAND OR SOMEPLACE TO TELL HIM TO F..UP. NO A-BOMB WILL EVER WORK UNDER VENEZUELAN COMMAND. THEY CAN REALLY SHOOT THEMSELVES.

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