U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Statement By Robert Palladino, Deputy Spokesperson
March 1, 2019
As Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams announced earlier today, the United States has imposed visa restrictions on individuals responsible for undermining Venezuela’s democracy. We are applying this policy to numerous Maduro-aligned officials and their families. On February 28, we revoked the visas of 49 individuals.
Maduro supporters that abuse or violate human rights, steal from the Venezuelan people, or undermine Venezuela’s democracy are not welcome in the United States. Neither are their family members who enjoy a privileged lifestyle at the expense of the liberty and prosperity of millions of Venezuelans.
The United States will continue to take appropriate action against Maduro and the corrupt actors and human rights violators and abusers who support him.
The United States urges all nations to step up economic pressure on Maduro and his corrupt associates, as well as restrict visas for his inner circle. Now is the time to act in support of democracy, and in response to the desperate needs of the Venezuelan people.