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Record #: R2019-425   
Type: Resolution Status: Introduced
Intro date: 6/12/2019 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Human Relations
Final action:
Title: Call for Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security to designate Venezuela Temporary Protection Status and expression of support for House Bill 549 and Senate Bill 636 regarding Venezuelan Temporary Protection Status Act of 2019
Sponsors: Villegas, Gilbert
Attachments: 1. R2019-425.pdf
Chicago City Council June 12th, 2019 Referred to Human Relations and Health
WHEREAS, Venezuela is enduring an unprecedented economic, humanitarian, security, and refugee crisis, consisting of extreme food and medicine shortages, severe infant and child malnutrition, rampant crime, and government-sponsored repression; and
WHEREAS, Venezuela's economic crisis continues unabated and the International Monetary Fund projects that inflation in Venezuela could reach an annual rate of 10,000,000 percent in 2019;and
WHEREAS, As evidence of the significant effect that Venezuela's economic crisis has on public health, Venezuela's Health Ministry reported that in 2016: (a) there was a 30-percent increase in the infant mortality rate; and (b) there was a 60-percent increase in the maternal mortality rate; and
WHEREAS, According to the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, Venezuelan intelligence and security forces have increasingly used arbitrary arrests and detentions to repress and intimidate civil society, political opponents, and any voices of dissent; and
WHEREAS, Zeid Ra'ad A1 Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, stated, "The failure to hold security forces accountable for such serious human rights violations suggests that the rule of law is virtually absent in Venezuela."; and
WHEREAS, According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Friday June 07, 2019 more than 4,000.000 Venezuelans have fled the country for reasons including violence, political oppression, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis; and
WHEREAS, The United Nations has estimated 5.3 million Venezuelans will have fled by the end of 2019, and only a small fraction of them seek protection in the US; and
WHEREAS, The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nation Refugee Agency (UNHCR), described the scale of the exodus as "staggering", with the number of displaced people inc...

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