The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on October 5, 2023, that it “will resume direct repatriations of Venezuelan nationals who cross our border unlawfully and do not establish a legal basis to remain.” 

DHS said this announcement “follows a decision by authorities from Venezuela to accept the return of Venezuelan nationals, as well as high-level discussions yesterday in Mexico City between the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Panama where Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, and Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall discussed ongoing coordinated efforts to address irregular migration in the Western Hemisphere.”

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