Senator Rubio Helped Secure the Release of a Venezuelan Refugee

By: Karina Martín - Apr 28, 2017, 3:52 pm
Marco Rubio
According to Marco Rubio’s spokesman, the senator spoke to the White House and Department of Homeland Security (Flickr).

EspañolOn Wednesday, Marco Coello, a pro-democracy activist from Venezuela in his early twenties, was arrested in the United States by the immigration authorities while at an interview where he was making an asylum request. He was freed on Thursday after Republican Senator Marco Rubio publicly expressed his interest in this case.

According to sources in Rubio‘s office, the senator, who is of Cuban descent, made a major effort to get Coello released, contacting officials at both the Department of Homeland Security and the White House.

Also on Wednesday, Rubio personally contacted White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, regarding the young Venezuelan’s case, said one of the senator’s spokesmen.

According to the spokesman, before Rubio contacted the White House, the Trump administration was unaware of the case. The White House, he added, was very effective in collaborating to solve the problem.

Coello was released from the Krome Detention Center in Miami, Florida shortly after noon on Thursday, April 27. The young Venezuelan had been arrested the day before but the authorities involved did not provide reasons for the arrest according to his attorney, Elizabeth Blandon.


Blandon added that Coello’s release after a day of detention proved that he had been detained for no specific reason. US officials, however, explained that Coello had violated US law because he was guilty of not leaving the United States before his visa expired.

“Consequently, he violated the terms of his nonimmigrant status in the United States. And as Secretary (of National Security John) Kelly has stated, ICE will no longer exonerate classes or categories of expelled aliens from potential legal actions,” said ICE spokesman Nestor Yglesias.

Source: El Nuevo Herald

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Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Maduro Regime Suggests Mexico Backed US Stance on Venezuela in Exchange for NAFTA Renegotiation

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 28, 2017, 3:14 pm

EspañolVenezuela Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez lashed out against Mexico Thursday, April 27 for the position it took in the Organization of American States regarding the crisis in Venezuela. She suggested that the Mexican government had received "some payment" for attacking President Nicolas Maduro's regime in the form of the United States' preservation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Read More: FARC Guerrilla Throws Full Support behind Venezuela Dictatorship From the headquarters of the Foreign Relations Secretariat in Caracas, Rodriguez hinted that Mexico had changed its rhetoric to appeal to Washington's interests against the Venezuelan "revolution." In turn, they received benefits from the Trump administration in the form of preserving NAFTA. "What has happened in the OAS?" She said. "The world began the day with news that the United States resumes NAFTA with Mexico and Canada. Are they paying back Mexico for doing something?" Rodriguez also added: "Interesting, right? How curious! Some governments give in. They will not be pardoned in our people's soul. They'll pay for it!" googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Before issuing the statements, Rodriguez lamented the position of other foreign ministers in the OAS. "I am happy that when I open my eyes every morning I do not have to call Washington to be told what to do. I just have to call my boss, Nicolás Maduro Moros, and I always see the direction that the people of Venezuela choose as well as in my conscience and heart." Read More: Russian Government to Help Cuba Modernize its Defense Industry She made the comments after the foreign ministers in the OAS agreed, by majority vote, to hold a meeting to discuss the situation in Venezuela. One of the countries most encouraging the initiative was Mexico. Source: El Universal

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