June 25, 2019

Schumer and Gillibrand Joint Statement on the Issuance of a Humanitarian Visa for Benjamin Barragan, Man With Young Children and Terminally Ill Wife in Brooklyn

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand issued this joint statement after Benjamin Barragan was issued a temporary humanitarian visa to visit his terminally ill wife, Maria Paxtor Perez:

“After working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico to ensure that they prioritized Mr. Barragan’s urgent case, we are relieved to learn that he has been issued a temporary humanitarian visa to care for his children and terminally ill wife in Brooklyn. This was the humane and right thing to do; it made no sense to separate him from his family in the first place. Now they will have an opportunity to comfort and support one another during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with Ms. Paxtor Perez, Mr. Barragan and their children.”