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- US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz joined with several Venezuelan activists pleading for help for the country amid their latest crisis.
Nearly 1,400 miles away from where their family and friends are suffering and struggling to raise enough money to buy food, several Venezuelan activists met at a South Florida restaurant asking for help.
Joining them in Weston on Monday was U.S. Representative and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. After detailing the plight of people in the country, Wasserman Schultz laid out ideas for possible help for those both in Venezuela and here in the United States on travel visas.
Speaking to reporters, Wasserman Schultz and the activists proposed extending visas for those currently in the United States, as well as temporary protection status for some nationals, to help lessen the number of people competing for items such as food and medicine.
The group also called for possible sanctions against current Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Many residents in the country are having trouble paying for what little food is available in the country. Neighboring country Colombia opened their border this weekend to allow residents to come over and by necessary food and other items.