Socialist Venezuela and crime-ridden Uruguay issue travel warnings for US in wake of shootings

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The socialist hellhole known as Venezuela has issued a travel warning to its citizens in response to a pair of shootings over the weekend that left 31 people dead.

Now that’s rich. Although it does promise to curb the flood of illegal immigrants, given the number of over-stayed visas. It also knocks a serious hole in asylum claims made by economic migrants.

Of course, the country’s citizens are so poor that eating has become the primary focus, so who could afford to travel? And with an estimated 300,000 Venezuela immigrants in the U.S., if they managed to get here, returning to the instability they left behind is not very likely… assuming that they could get a U.S. visa to begin with.

The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry released a statement saying its citizens should “take extreme precautions or postpone their travels, in the face of the proliferation of acts of violence and hate crimes expressed in recent situations.”

“These increasing acts of violence have found an echo and support in the conversations and actions impregnated by racial discrimination and hatred against migrant populations, pronounced and executed by the supremacist elite who holds political power in Washington,” the statement read.

The release attributed the weekend shootings to the “inexcusable indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population, encouraged by the federal government.”

The Chávez government banned private gun ownership in Venezuela back in 2012.

Democratic bastions like Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis and Oakland are singled out in the release.

This coming from the country ranked as the most dangerous country in the world for the second straight year, according to a 2018 Gallup survey.

Triggered liberals were quick to react:

Turns out, Venezuela was not the only Latin American country to issue a travel advisory, as the Uruguay Foreign Ministry urged its citizens traveling to the U.S. to take “extreme precautions.”

This coming after the U.S. State Department downgraded Uruguay’s travel status on Friday from “normal precaution” to “increased caution” because of increased crime, the Washington Times reported.

Uruguayans are warned that U.S. authorities can’t prevent the shootings because of “indiscriminate possession of firearms,” and advised to avoid large public gatherings, including shopping centers, festivals, and religious gatherings, according to the paper.

Ironically, the Associated Press reported earlier this year on an “epidemic” of violence in Uruguay, as some analysts characterize events in the small country of 3.5 million.

According to the news agency, homicides in Uruguay increased by 46 percent last year and the record number is higher than most South American nations, with the country seeing a sharp increase in thefts and other property crimes.

Somehow, with all the things Americans are dealing with, this doesn’t quite rise to the top of the list, even if CNN does push the story.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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