Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement today regarding the imprisonment of Carlos Amel, a Cuban democracy activist who met with Rubio in Washington last week:
"Carlos Amel is a young Cuban democracy activist who sat right next to me during a visit to my Washington office last week, but now he sits in a Cuban jail as a prisoner of conscience. Over a year and a half into President Obama's Cuba policy and billions of dollars worth of concessions later, human rights and political freedom have gotten worse, not better. President Obama had no problem sitting next to Raul Castro at a baseball game or serving as his personal lobbyist to bring American businesses to Cuba. I call on President Obama to demand that the Cuban tyrant he sat next to at a baseball game looking like they were having the time of their lives, immediately release the Cuban democracy activist who sat next to me in my office discussing a way forward in Cuba out of its ongoing misery."