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The Ripple Effect of ‘Vene’ Labour

By the time you read this, the high-profile certification or registration process for Venezuelan migrants would have been in effect for about two days. The question remains whether the two-week period is time enough to get it done. We must wait and see.

This Venezuelan immigrant crisis is really getting to me. Looking through a daily newspaper last week I saw two headlines on the same page—one talking about the new registration or certification process for Venezuelan migrants legally or illegally, giving them the opportunity to live and work here for one year, and right next to that story a magistrate is placing fines on migrants who have come here illegally.

Something is radically wrong here. I tried to separate the two stories but found it very difficult to do so. If you are going to open a registry for these migrants allowing to live and work here for a year, how come we are still prosecuting migrants who are here illegally?

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