March 8, 2021, HYATTSVILLE, MD — In response to President Biden granting Temporary Protected Status to Venezuela, CASA released the following statement from Gustavo Torres, Executive Director:

“TPS for Venezuela is a victory for the tens of thousands of Venezuelans who fled their homeland for this country. CASA welcomes the Biden Administration’s first TPS designation, issued nearly halfway through the administration’s first 100 days. We hope this opens the door for more comprehensive immigration reforms and we continue to wait for other critical announcements of TPS for Cameroon, Guatemala, Haiti and more countries.”

Baltimore County CASA member Ismenia Bolivar, who immigrated from Venezuela one year ago shared:

“I am so happy for myself and other Venezuelans in this country. We’ve been in limbo but now there is a clear path. I appreciate President Biden giving TPS for Venezuela and I hope he grants the same to other immigrants and other countries. I hope that very soon we will be able to share this achievement with the entire immigrant community.”

Venezuelans can now celebrate the designation of a legal status after being left in limbo when the previous administration deferred the removal of Venezuelans for 18 months.

With over 100,000 members across the states of Maryland, Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania, CASA is the largest member-based Latino and immigrant organization in the mid-Atlantic region. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter at @CASAforall