The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) of Venezuela in exile today ordered the Presidency of its country that “within a peremptory term” be provided at the Consulate General in Miami all services provided by Venezuelan law.
The Administrative Political Chamber of the “legitimate” Supreme Court, according to its own qualification, announced today that it accepted an action exercised by a group of Venezuelans living in Miami with a view to the “full functioning” of the Consulate General of Venezuela, which presents “deficiencies” in its services.
The room is composed of magistrates Antonio José Marval Jiménez, its president, and Ramsis Ghazzaqui, José Luis Rodríguez Piña, José Fernando Núñez and Manuel Espinoza Melet, all exiled since 2017.
The consulate was closed in 2012 by order of the then president, Hugo Chávez, and was reopened this year by decision of the current president, Nicolás Maduro, ahead of the presidential elections that took place on May 20, whose results have not been recognized. by the USA and other countries.
The magistrates in exile consider that “the closure or suspension of activities of the Consulate General of Venezuela in Miami, announced on January 12, 2012, obeyed a punitive measure against Venezuelans residing in the consular jurisdiction, by the mere fact of to be in considerable majority, political or ideological opponents of the government “.
According to the “legitimate” TSJ, the order to provide comprehensive services at the Miami Consulate is intended to benefit the “Venezuelan diaspora” in the United States that has suffered a “stigmatization” from the Chavez governments.
The aim is to protect “the rights of Venezuelan national children and adolescents” and those of “a high number of retirees and pensioners”.
On October 13, 2017, the magistrates appointed by the Venezuelan Parliament, with an opposition majority, were configured as the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) in the Hall of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS).
They call themselves “Supreme Legitimate”, considering that the official Tribunal that operates in Caracas was named “without the constitutional requirements being met” by the Chavista parliamentary majority just before the National Assembly (AN) passed into the hands of the opposition in January. of 2016.
South Florida, especially the city of Doral, in Miami-Dade County, is where the largest number of Venezuelans in the United States is concentrated, which is approximately 750,000 people, according to organizations in this community.
The figure includes people with permanent residence or nationalized, holders of visas, asylum seekers and immigrants without legal permits, according to sources consulted by Efe.
The Venezuelan Awareness Foundation (VAF) states that between 2016 and 2017 the number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in the US doubled, from 14,738 to 29,250.
In the first quarter of 2018, Venezuelans were number one on the list of petitioners for political asylum in the United States, with 7,610 applications.