HOUSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is set to speak in Houston on Friday carrying a tough message against Venezuela’s government to an expatriate community eager for more actions to oust the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro.

An estimated 50,000 Venezuelans live in greater Houston, the second-largest expat community outside of south Florida. Many support U.S. efforts to rid Venezuela of Maduro, having fled the socialist politics of former leader Hugo Chavez for a home in Houston’s energy industry.

Pence’s speech on Friday, to a hand-picked audience of 300 people, more than half from the area’s Venezuelan community, may put a spotlight on the administration’s next steps. He is scheduled to address the group at midday at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.