Act to address the Venezuelan refugee crisis

Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing Venezuela’s political, economic, and social crisis. The influx of refugees to neighboring countries has created a humanitarian emergency of enormous proportions that threatens security in the region and across the continent. In order to restore democracy in Venezuela and ensure America’s security, urge your Senators to support a bill that calls on the United States to work with the international community and support the efforts of Latin American governments to help settle hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan refugees and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people.

Take action and ask your senator to support the bipartisan Venezuela Humanitarian Relief, Reconstruction, and Rule of Law Act.

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A Venezuelan migrant woman heading to Peru carries a bag as she walks along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. - Ecuador announced on August 16 that Venezuelans entering the country would need to show passports from August 18 onwards, a document many are not carrying. And Peru followed suit on August 17, announcing an identical measure due to begin on August 25. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)  (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Act to address the Venezuelan refugee crisis
Dear (recipient name),

As your constituent, I am writing today to ask you to support S.3486, the bipartisan Venezuela Humanitarian Relief, Reconstruction, and Rule of Law Act of 2018. Venezuela is currently in a downward political and economic spiral and its people face unprecedented hardship and widespread government corruption. Hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine are driving millions of Venezuelans out of the country, creating a regional refugee crisis of epic proportions.

This status quo in Venezuela will likely continue since President Maduro’s government refuses to hold free and fair elections, indicating its unwillingness to restore democracy and the rule of law in the country. Venezuela’s political turmoil, coupled with the government’s eagerness to allow drug traffickers, organized crime networks, and potential terrorists to operate within its borders, undercuts U.S. national and regional security efforts.

A regional strategy and a collective response to address the current situation in Venezuela is much needed and overdue. The United States should advocate and build diplomatic support with partners in the region and the European Union to coordinate and impose targeted sanctions on Venezuelan officials engaged in corruption, crimes against humanity, and violations of human rights. Congress should also increase aid to the region with a specific emphasis on providing humanitarian assistance to Venezuelan refugees in neighboring countries.

S.3486 requires the Secretary of State, in coordination with USAID, to submit a strategy to work through international and nongovernmental organizations to deliver medical supplies and the basic food commodities needed to address growing malnutrition and improve food security for the people of Venezuela. In addition, this bill also requires the Secretary of State to engage diplomatically with relevant foreign governments and multilateral organizations to coordinate a donors’ summit for the provision of humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people. The U.S. is well-positioned to have a significant impact at a time when it is vitally necessary to strengthen and reaffirm our commitment to Latin America.

I appreciate your consideration of my views on this critical matter and encourage you to support S.3486, the Venezuela Humanitarian Relief, Reconstruction, and Rule of Law Act of 2018.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]