U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered a halt to removal of certain Venezuelans from the United States for 18 months; citing conditions in the South American country.
“The deteriorative condition within Venezuela, which presents an ongoing national security threat to the safety; as well as well-being of the American people, warrants the deferral of the removal of Venezuelan nationals who are present in the United States;” Trump, on the eve of leaving the White House, said in a memo to secretaries of state as well as homeland security.
Some Venezuelans, including those who have committed a felony, however, are exempted from the order.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden also said in late October that he would “immediately” grant humanitarian protections; to Venezuelans living in the United States; which would allow them to remain in the country as well as obtain work permits.
Meanwhile, the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is considering creating a White House position focused on competition policy; as well as issues relating to antitrust, two sources familiar with internal deliberations said.
The idea remains under consideration and the Biden White House may not ultimately make the move, one of the sources said.
“It is yet to be determined if this will be more of a coordinator kind of a role; or if this person will really sit at the White House,” said another source.
The role could focus on moving information back and forth between agencies; as well as coordinating, the source added.