Former Archbishop Joseph Harris on Wednesday pleaded with citizens to be compassionate and caring to Venezuelans who have been coming to our shores out of destitution, ill health, hunger and political strife.
Harris made the comment one day after National Security Minister Stuart Young announced an amnesty to Venezuelans residing here to register legally and possibly work for one year in T&T.
Young warned those who fail to register will feel the full brunt of the law.
US Vice President Mike Pence told the US-recognized interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, that the U.S. is behind him "100 percent".
Pence made the comment during a trilateral meeting in Bogota, Colombia with Guiado and Colombian President Ivan Duque Pence.
While in Bogota, Pence and regional leaders are expected to discuss strategy to hasten the departure of disputed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and how to get humanitarian aid currently piling up on the border in Brazil and Colombia into Venezuela, where supplies of food and medicine have run low.
Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on a group of civilians attempting to keep open a segment of the southern border with Brazil for deliveries of humanitarian aid, causing multiple injuries and the first fatalities of a massive opposition operation meant to deliver international relief to this devastated South American country, according to eyewitnesses and community leaders.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has reiterated that any interference in Venezuela affairs is “illegal” and this country will continue to take stance of “non-interference” in the Venezuelan presidential impasse.
The Deputy to the Venezuelan National Assembly, Carlos Valero is making his position clear, that the National Assembly rejects the treatment of Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago and the Dr Keith Rowley government because of its recognition of the Nicolas Maduro regime.
Last week, Valero issued a statement which seemed to praise the government for the way it handled the situation involving 19 girls who were rescued from sex traffickers.
But Valero issued a statement Monday, saying that his original statement might have been misinterpreted by the Trinidad and Tobago media.
Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro has sought OPEC support against U.S. sanctions imposed on his country's oil industry, citing their impact on oil prices and potential risks for other members of the producer group.
But a source familiar with the matter said the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, of which Venezuela is a founding member, had declined to make any formal statement. OPEC says it is concerned with oil policy, not politics.