Venezuelan ambassador Carlos Perez got it wrong when he said the registration process will provide an opportunity for Venezuelans to regularise their status and apply for residency or citizenship, says National Security Minister Stuart Young.

The Minister also disclosed that the total number of Venezuelans registered over the two-week period was 16,523.

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Young knocked the United National Congress (UNC) for “creating xenophobia” and dismissed its claim that the People’s National Movement (PNM) would use Venezuelans to steal the local and general elections. He was speaking on the debate on Tuesday at the Senate sitting of a private motion moved by Opposition Senator Wade Mark which sought to annul the The Immigration (Amendment) Regulation 2019.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Monday drew reference to a Newsday report dated June 9, 2019, in which Perez said Venezuelans who are legally registered will have another opportunity to apply for residency or citizenship in Trinidad and Tobago or get a legal work permit.

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