The first-ever American-born president to visit Venezuela
A group of Venezuelans is hoping to get their first-born son, who was born to an American citizen and the wife of an American diplomat, to attend the inauguration of President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday.
The American born to a Venezuelan mother and American citizen wife is the first American to attend such an event, said Alejandro Perez, a spokesman for the Venezuelan American Citizens Association.
The group has filed a petition with the U.S. embassy in Caracas, Perez said.
It has also reached out to the Venezuelan government, which is expected to take its first steps in the coming weeks, Perez told The Associated Press.
The association says the American born woman, whose name has not been released, was born in the United States in 1989 to a U.D.C. citizen father and Venezuelan mother.
The Venezuelan government has not released her identity.
Perez said the organization has been in touch with the embassy and that they expect the American woman to be given the opportunity to come and participate in the inauguration ceremony.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees is providing humanitarian assistance to those displaced by the unrest.
The Associated States Secretary of State, Nikki Haley, told CNN on Thursday that the United Nations “strongly urges” the Venezuelan authorities to respect the rights of American citizens and not use American citizens against their will.
“The Venezuelan government is trying to push a narrative that these Americans are the enemy of the Venezuelan people and we will use them to destabilize our country and hurt the Venezuelan economy,” Haley said.
Venezuela is struggling to survive amid an economic crisis.