Travel ban draws praise and criticism from metro Denver woman

Posted at 5:21 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 20:28:43-04

DENVER -- Under the new White House travel ban, travel is now prohibited or restricted from eight countries. It’s a move that is bring both praise and concern from a local woman whose family lives in Venezuela—one of the countries now on the list.

Venezuela is dealing with strife amid hostility within its government. As a member of the Westminster City Council, Maria De Cambra is one of only a few Venezuelan-American politicians.

She's watching the turmoil closely.

"There's no food, and when we say there's no food, there's literally no food.  Things like meat, rice, they're impossible to find. So people are starving," she said.

That's why De Cambra is supporting part of the latest Trump travel ban, prohibiting Venezuelan government officials from coming to the United States.

“I believe a ban on government officials is justified," she said. 

Yet at the same time she's worried, as her grandparents are set to visit later next month. Under the new plan, Venezuelans who have visas to come to the U.S. could be subject to additional security measures like more rigorous background checks.

“I have relatives that are currently in the immigration process of obtaining a visa, so what does it look like?” she said. “I think people are worried, the language is too vague, what does that look like, what does that mean, we don't know."