US Announces New Measures Against Venezuelans, Businesses
The United States has announced new sanctions on three Venezuelans and 20 companies for connections to drug trafficking.
Vice President Mike Pence announced the measures earlier this week. He spoke during a visit to the headquarters of the Organization of American States, in Washington, D.C.
In his speech, the vice president condemned the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Pence warned that Venezuela's next election would be a "fake election with a fake outcome." He called on Maduro to postpone the vote.
Pence said, "Hold real elections, give the people of Venezuela real choices, because the Venezuelan people deserve to live in democracy once again."
In January, the U.S. government announced steps against four current or former Venezuelan officials with links to corruption or repression.
The crisis in Venezuela has led thousands of people to flee the country.
The International Organization for Migration says that between 2015 and 2017, the number of Venezuelan immigrants in Latin America increased from 89,000 to 900,000 people. That represents an increase of more than 900 percent.
Many people have left because of concerns about security, crime, shortages and inflation.
Vatican launches aid program
This week, the Vatican announced a plan to help those Venezuelans moving overseas. The Vatican's Office to Promote Integral Human Development is working with Roman Catholic officials in eight countries on what is being called the "Bridges of Solidarity" project.
The eight countries are Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.
Services offered through the project include building shelters and centers for the immigrants, as well as help in finding housing and jobs for them. Vatican officials say one goal is to assist the migrants with education and healthcare. Another is to provide support and legal assistance to them.
For the past several months, Pope Francis has expressed his growing concern for the Venezuelan people.
Earlier this year, the pope spoke about Venezuela to Catholics gathered in Saint Peter's Square. He appealed for an end to violence in the country. He said, "I assure my prayers for this beloved nation, and express my closeness to the families that have lost their children in the riots."
The Vatican's office for migrants and refugees will be making available nearly $500,000 a year. The aid is to be spread among the eight nations involved in the project.
I'm Jonathan Evans.
1.drug trafficking 毒品走私
They were accused of corruption and drug trafficking and sentenced in absentia.
2.legal assistance 法律援助
Many of the cases now paid for are straightforward and do not need legal assistance, the government thinks.
3.aid program 援助计划
It is necessary to establish medical aid program for the poor, in order to set up harmony society.
4.appeal for 恳求；请求
He made an impassioned appeal for peace.
5.Pence said, "Hold real elections, give the people of Venezuela real choices, because the Venezuelan people deserve to live in democracy once again."
once again 再一次
Once again he has broken his faith with them.
Can I come back to the question of policing once again?
6.Services offered through the project include building shelters and centers for the immigrants, as well as help in finding housing and jobs for them.
as well as 和...一样；也
They visited some factories, hospitals as well as the school.
Whoever did him in removed a man who was brave as well as ruthless.
本周早些时候，副总统迈克·彭斯（Mike Pence）宣布了这些新措施。他是在访问位于华盛顿特区的美洲国家组织总部时宣布的 。
彭斯在讲话中谴责了委内瑞拉总统尼古拉斯·马杜罗（Nicolas Maduro）政府。他警告称，委内瑞拉的下届总统选举将是一场“有着假结果的骗局” 。他呼吁马杜罗推迟大选 。
该项目提供的服务包括为移民建造庇护所和住房中心，帮助他们寻找住房和工作。梵蒂冈官员表示，该项目的目标之一是帮助移民解决教育和医疗问题 。另一个的目标就是为他们提供支持和法律援助 。
今年初，教皇向聚集在圣彼得广场的天主教徒发表讲话时提到委内瑞拉。他呼吁该国结束暴力 。他说：“我为这个受人爱戴的国家祈祷，为那些在战乱中失去孩子的家庭送去我亲切的问候 。”