CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- Three Americans were quietly jailed in Venezuela earlier this year for allegedly trying to enter the country illegally and now face long prison sentences in the politically turbulent nation.

Two of the men — lawyer Eyvin Hernandez from California and computer programmer Jerrel Kenemore from Texas — were arrested in late March, just days after President Nicolás Maduro's socialist government freed two other Americans following a meeting with U.S. officials in Caracas.

The latest arrests come amid efforts by the Biden administration to unwind the Trump-era policy of punishing Maduro for what they consider his trampling on Venezuela's democracy.