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David Smolansky, opposition mayor of the El Hatillo district of Caracas, in 2016. Smolansky was ordered arrested this month by Venezuela's socialist regime for allowing anti-government protests. He is currently in hiding. (Ariana Cubillos/AP)
David Smolansky, opposition mayor of the El Hatillo district of Caracas, in 2016. Smolansky was ordered arrested this month by Venezuela's socialist regime for allowing anti-government protests. He is currently in hiding. (Ariana Cubillos/AP)
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For years now, Venezuelans have been emigrating to the U.S. to escape their country's economic crisis and violent crime. But with their unpopular socialist government assuming near-dictatorial powers this summer, the Venezuelan expat community is now bracing for a wave of political exiles.

Tim Padgett (@TimPadgett2) from WLRN in Miami reports.

This segment aired on August 23, 2017.

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