U.S. Representatives Ros-Lehtinen & Diaz-Balart on the Fourth Anniversary of the Alan Gross hostage taking
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:
Four Years On, Alan Gross Still Languishes Under the Brutal Castro Regime; We Call for His Unconditional Release, Says Ros-Lehtinen
“Unfortunately, Alan and his family are up against a heartless regime that continues to brutalize 11 million of its own people in violation of international human rights standards and all expectations of basic freedoms and dignity.”
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement on the fourth anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of U.S. citizen Alan Gross in Cuba. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“After four years, it’s disappointing and unacceptable that Alan Gross continues to sit in one of Castro's gulags. While unjustly held in Cuba, Alan has lost nearly 100 pounds and could only watch from afar as his family struggles to hang onto the hope that this nightmare will be resolved and they’ll be able to see him soon. Unfortunately, Alan and his family are up against a heartless regime that continues to brutalize 11 million of its own people in violation of international human rights standards and all expectations of basic freedoms and dignity.
“The Castro regime must release Alan unconditionally. I urge the Obama Administration and all responsible nations to stop bolstering this regime through concession after concession and work speedily for the immediate release of not only Alan Gross, but also for all Cubans suffering under this tyrannical regime.”
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart:
Diaz-Balart Condemns the Unjust Imprisonment of Alan Gross on the Fourth Anniversary of His Imprisonment
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement on the 4th anniversary of American humanitarian aid worker Alan Gross’ imprisonment by the Cuban regime:
“Today marks four years since U.S. humanitarian aid worker Alan Gross was arrested and imprisoned for the ‘crime’ of helping Cuba’s small Jewish community access the internet. Mr. Gross’ unjust imprisonment and draconian 15-year sentence is a grim reminder that the most innocuous, and even noble acts, are crimes in totalitarian Cuba.
“The brutal and malicious nature of the Castro dictatorship has not changed. It ruthlessly oppresses its own people, aids terrorist states and organizations, channels arms to other rogue anti-American regimes, and opposes U.S. interests at every opportunity.
“Unfortunately, the Obama Administration continues to reward unilateral concessions to the Castro dictatorship in the form of weakened sanctions, migration and mail ‘talks,’ and U.S. visas and special travel privileges to high-level Castro operatives. Since the beginning of the Obama Administration, the Castro dictatorship has imprisoned Alan Gross, increased its brutal oppression against pro-democracy activists leading to the deaths of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Laura Pollan, Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia, Harold Cepero, and Oswaldo Paya, had two Cuban spies in the State Department convicted in U.S. federal court, and was caught red-handed transferring military weapons to North Korea. The Obama Administration’s embarrassing attempts to appease the Castro dictatorship have been an utter failure which have damaged U.S. interests and channeled millions of dollars to the Cuban people’s oppressors.
“The Obama Administration should focus on securing Alan Gross’ freedom and helping the Cuban people realize their democratic aspirations. It cannot effectively do so while excusing, legitimizing, and abetting their jailers. It’s clear that President Obama’s policy of appeasement and unilateral sanctions has done nothing but embolden the Castros’ terrorist regime.”