The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in the United States has soared. Thank you.”The Whats App message from a recent arrival from Venezuela came at p.m. But it could have come before dawn on a Sunday, at noon on a Monday or at any other time throughout the week. Most have 256 members, the maximum allowed, and members often switch between groups, making room for more recent arrivals.In the Miami area alone, more than 2,000 Venezuelans use at least nine chat groups to learn about jobs, housing, legal advice, and medical services. Some belong to more than one group, desperate not to miss an important detail. All share the hours and addresses for local food handouts, and all are safe havens where Venezuelans can post their fears and search for friendship and assistance.They tell their stories about leaving Venezuela and life in the U. Jenny Rojas is the main administrator of the nine chat groups. These are just some of the anguished questions that regularly appear in Whats App groups. There are also greetings for birthdays and Father's Day, photos of Venezuelan food and jokes, and even stories about the group members’ own personal tragedies. I would be grateful for any help finding a job or a place to stay. The first quarter of 2016 saw a spike in Venezuelan applications for asylum in the United States, a number on the rise since 2014. Lee esta nota en español At least nine Whats App groups keep newly arrived Venezuelan immigrants in Miami informed through text message, photos, audio and promotions. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) statistics showed Venezuela in first place with 1,142 applications – 13 more than China, which historically led the list.She’s in charge of membership and sets rules for each group. “It will turn one year old on August 10, 2016, and we're going to celebrate,” she said. And of course there's a lot of chatter, like a conversation about low salaries for those without work permits that went on for a whole morning.
Asylum-seekers must apply within a year of arriving to the United States, providing proof that they face persecution in their home country. You have to clean the warehouse, separate the old boxes and arrange the new ones so everything fits. They know about the weekend's food handouts thanks to Whats App. She has lived in a Doral hotel with her husband and two children for three months.
It can take two years or more just to get a first interview with immigration authorities. Formerly a dentist for the Venezuelan health ministry, she was forced to join demonstrations supporting the government.
If the immigration officer doesn’t accept the asylum application, it will go to immigration court – meaning the applicant risks getting deported. In El Valle, the working-class neighborhood in southern Caracas where he lived, he felt he had no future.. She had to carefully ration anesthetics to treat more patients.
Leaving Venezuela was his idea, and his father approved. Don't even think about being hungry or thirsty or going to the bathroom. She now spends early Saturday mornings picking up the food offered by charities.
He's been in Miami for two months, working a variety of jobs for an hour. Many years ago we were middle class, but that's over. We wait in line to buy food and returned home with just one chicken. The hardest was the flower company, where I carried boxes before dawn. After carrying over a thousand pounds in a single day you can’t even feel your hands. If you do, you have a Cuban behind you yelling 'Come on! Even though we arrived in Miami more than three months ago, my children (seven and four years old) still wake up at night shouting, 'The men with guns are coming! But on that day, December 26, 2015, we decided to go to the neighborhood pool.
I was in my last year of high school and I was thinking about studying mechanical engineering at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. At 18 you dream of accomplishing many things; you want to conquer the world. One day I told my parents, 'I’m leaving.' I came to Miami in 2015 to do some things and check it out. My father and I came [back to Miami] in March 2016. ' The incident we experienced in Venezuela was the trigger that made us say, 'We're moving to another country.'I lived in Guatire (one hour from Caracas in Miranda state) with my husband and children. The children were playing when suddenly men with rifles appeared. I had worked as a dentist in health ministry clinics starting in 2007 with a salary of about per month.