Senator Helped Woman Barred From Entering U.S. Obtain Visa

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez interceded on behalf of an Ecuadorian woman who was banned from traveling to the U.S. because of allegations she had engaged in visa fraud, NBC 4 New York reported. The woman, Estafania Isaias, is the daughter of a fugitive from Ecuador convicted in absentia for bank fraud and whose relatives in Florida made significant campaign donations to the New Jersey Democrat's 2012 campaign and the Democratic Party. The senator’s spokesperson said his office handled this case " differently than we have thousands of other immigration-related requests over the years." He said any suggestion campaign cash compromised his beliefs "is just plain absurd."

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