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Latin America Extends Sympathy to Venezuelans, But Little Else

  • A joint declaration on refugees allows plenty of wiggle room
  • Human-rights advocates call for long-term plans and money

Eleven Latin American nations rallied round the millions fleeing economic misery in Venezuela this week -- at least on paper.

In a joint declaration, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and others pledged to give Venezuelans access to health and education, subject to “economic reality.” They agreed Venezuelans should be allowed to travel with expired passports, but only if local laws allow. They called for a “substantial increase” in resources from the international community. They made no commitments themselves.