WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senate Democrats blocked Senator Rick Scott’s amendment to Representative Diaz-Balart’s House-passed TPS bill that would immediately grant TPS to Venezuelans and make real reforms to the broken program.

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Senator Scott’s amendment to Rep. Diaz-Balart’s House-passed TPS bill:

  • Grants TPS to Venezuelans for 18 months;
  • Requires Congressional approval for TPS extensions, no more than 18 months at a time;
  • Limits the ability of illegal aliens with no connection to the TPS designation to benefit from TPS;
  • Ensures that human rights violators identified under the Magnitsky Act are not eligible for TPS;
  • Includes provisions to distinguish that TPS does not count as an admission for purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
  • Prevents TPS recipients from returning to the TPS country during the period of designation;
  • And requires current TPS designations will come up for Congressional review two years after the enactment of this amendment.

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