Trump said the situation in Venezuela was a horrible thing that’s ‘been brewing for a long time’ [File: Jim Watson/AFP]

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was looking into the possibility of granting temporary asylum to thousands of Venezuelans who have fled to the United States amid political turmoil in their country.

Trump said the situation in Venezuela was a horrible thing that’s “been brewing for a long time” and his administration was looking at granting Venezuelans temporary protected status “very seriously”.

The move would conflict with Trump’s tough-on-immigration stance. His administration has moved to discontinue the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for many countries. He has also implemented a “zero-tolerance” policy at the US southern border. 

TPS is granted to people

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