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Senator Rubio Comments On Castro Regime Upholding Unjust Prison Sentence of U.S. Citizen Alan Gross

Aug 5, 2011 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio issued the following statement today regarding the Castro regime’s announcement to uphold its unjust 15-year prison sentence of U.S. citizen Alan Gross:

“This is a deplorable human rights violation.  It has been well documented that Mr. Gross is simply a humanitarian who was seeking to help the Jewish community in Cuba access the Internet. The Castro regime’s cowardly fear of what would happen if Cuban citizens have access to uncensored information does not justify this man’s incarceration at all, much less for 15 years.  Mr. Gross’ unjust sentence is the latest example of everything that is wrong with the Castro regime.  For every Alan Gross, there are many more Cubans being incarcerated, harassed and repressed for simply yearning to be free. 

“The Obama Administration’s insistence on moving forward with policies that put more money in this terrorist-sponsoring regime’s coffers is baffling and runs contrary to everything America should stand for.  I urge President Obama to halt his misguided unilateral concessions, deny the regime the resources it needs to impose its repressive will, condemn today’s decision and insist that Mr. Gross be released immediately.”