APNewsBreak: Expelled Venezuela diplomat stays in US

May 31, 2018 - 4:59 pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Venezuelan diplomat expelled by the Trump administration last week in retaliation for President Nicolas Maduro's kicking out of the top American diplomat in Caracas has remained in the U.S. despite an order to leave the country within 48 hours.

Jarlet Sanchez is a career diplomat who had been serving as Venezuela's deputy consul general in Houston. He was declared persona non grata May 23.

But a U.S. official and another individual familiar with the case said Sanchez has yet to depart. The two people spoke anonymously because they weren't authorized to discuss it publicly.

The Associated Press has learned that Sanchez is hoping to stay in the United States permanently by applying for a green card under an obscure provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act.

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