If you’re even remotely familiar with current affairs, you’re no doubt aware of the humanitarian disaster in Venezuela. After socialist Hugo Chávez was elected as president in 1998, the country slowly and painfully descended into economic, political and social hell due to destructive economic policies, political repression, human rights abuses, forced money printing and total disregard for governance. The law has turned a country that was once the richest in Latin America into one of the poorest and most dangerous.

Venezuela has the highest rates of malaria cases, kidnappings, hunger, and more Corruption In this world. its current Inflation The rate has actually come down to just 927% from 1,638% last year. You read these statistics correctly. Its people suffer from chronic shortages of food, medicine and basic goods. If you have access to real money (ie US dollars) you can get what you want, but only the elite and those who work for precious few foreign businesses can get it. The unemployment rate is close to 50%. crime is widespread; The police are corrupt, and the prisons are full of political prisoners. If ever there was a poster child which expressed socialism Venezuela can do it.

The governor of Texas has sent 50 immigrants from Venezuela who crossed the border into the United States to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. The move has created a social media and news frenzy across the political spectrum with Democrats and Republicans pointing fingers and grandstanding using words like decency, morality and political “footprint.” Speaking as someone who actually lived in Venezuela – when it was just as bad and not the nightmare it is now – I can’t help but be appalled at how badly everyone here is missing the point.

None of those sent to the vineyard are suffering or having their human rights violated. This was happening before they moved to the US. Whether or not they are sheltered on the island or in a refugee holding facility in Texas they are much, much better off back home, like most Latin American immigrants who risk enough to try to get to the US soil. Once here, Venezuelan immigrants are not afforded the same protections as Cubans, even though the regime they live under is as bad, if not worse, than Cuba’s. We are in a desperate labor crisis. We should all welcome these people who have risked their lives for freedom and opportunity and understand what they are trying to do. No one seems to understand this. As far as I can tell, virtually no one in the US political elite is seriously defending the Venezuelan regime anymore. even Sean Penn And Danny Glover What’s going on there now is conspicuously silent. If Republicans really hate it Socialism And since Democrats really care about the plight and suffering of people in the developing world, both parties should agree to offer asylum to Venezuelan immigrants when they reach the United States. Martha’s immigrants were actually lucky. Give some hope to the millions trapped in the hell of Chavismo. Open our borders to those people, and frankly many more, and end the invisible, counterproductive political game.

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