Maduro’s War on Immigrants

The Venezuela/Colombia Border. Wikimedia Commons. 

Desperate for a scapegoat, Venezuela has been brutally deporting Colombian immigrants in an unjust attempt to blame them for its own economic mismanagement and increasing violence. Under the socialist regime of President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has experienced unprecedented violence, a triple digit inflation rate, and prolonged shortages of basic necessities. According to the New York Times, economic growth has fallen and homicides have reached record-breaking rates as a result of these policies. As an oil dependent nation, the roots of these problems are largely due to the 2014 plummet in oil prices. Thus, the source of Venezuela’s instability is not Colombian interference but rather lies in domestic issues, including the decline in oil prices, cumbersome economic regulations, weak gun control policies, and poorly funded public safety organizations.


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