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Trump signs decree postponing deportation of Venezuelans for 18 months

US President Trump signed a presidential decree postponing the deportation of Venezuelans from the country for 18 months.

US President Donald Trump postponed the sending of more than 145 thousand Venezuelans in the USA to their country for 1.5 years with a decree signed on the last day of his term.

Drawing attention by making a decision contrary to the anti-immigrant practices he implemented during his presidency, Trump cited the “worsening conditions” that constitute a national security threat in Venezuela as the reason for the decree.

On the other hand, the US Department of Commerce announced the measure to ban the use of US technology in military intelligence in countries such as China, Cuba, Russia and Venezuela.

Trump administration’s decision to sanction 14 Venezuelan organizations

In the statement made by the US Treasury Department, it was stated by the Foreign Assets Protection Office (OFAC) that 3 people, 14 organizations and 6 ships were included in the sanctions list on the grounds that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro helped export crude oil.

It was stated that the assets of those included in the sanction list will be frozen, and the US-based companies with more than 50 percent of the shares of these organizations will be blocked. These organizations were also prohibited from making agreements with American citizens or within the United States.

It was learned that the people, businesses and ships included in the sanction list are linked to the Colombian businessman Alex Saab, who is alleged to be a front person in many jobs ranging from food import to crude oil exports on behalf of Maduro.

Saab has been living in the Cape Verde Islands, the African country where he has been detained due to the US search warrant since June 2020. “Those who helped the illegal Maduro regime circumvent US sanctions are contributing to the corruption that consumes Venezuela,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. found the assessment.

Sanction decision was taken in September 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on September 4, 2020 that they had decided to impose sanctions on Venezuelan MPs David Eugenio de Lima Salas, Reinaldo Enrique Munoz Pedroza, Indira Maira Alfonzo Izaguirre and Jose Luis Gutierrez Parra, who are known to be close to Maduro.

“These individuals are also destroying democratic institutions by driving the Venezuelan people away from free and fair elections by trying to restructure the National Electoral Council,” said Pompeo, who supported Maduro’s efforts to manipulate the National Assembly. had used the expression.

Written by Maraaz

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