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Letter to Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State

Congressman David Rivera (FL-25) joined a group of bipartisan colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for the State Department to demand the immediate release of Alan Gross, an American citizen arrested by the Castro regime on December 3, 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in prison for providing phones, internet and other telecommunication equipment to Cuba's Jewish Community.

"Two years have now passed since Mr. Gross was arrested in Havana on December 3, 2009. We understand that Mr. Gross has endured a great deal during his incarceration, having lost 100 pounds and suffering numerous medical conditions. We also understand that Mr. Gross's daughter and mother are both fighting cancer. Mr. Gross must be released immediately, and be allowed to reunite with his loved ones," reads the letter signed by Congressman Rivera, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (NV-1), Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20), Congressman Albio Sires (NJ-13), Congressman Steven Rothman (NJ-9), Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-21), Congressman Dan Burton (IN-5), and Congressman Scott Rigell (VA-2).

Congressman Rivera has been a vocal advocate for Gross's release, urging the Obama Administration to suspend all licensing of trade, travel and remittances to Cuba and impose a genuine embargo on the Castro regime instead of giving unilateral concessions while the dictatorship holds an American citizen hostage.

Dear Madam Secretary:

We wish to convey our continuing and serious concern regarding the arrest and imprisonment of an American citizen, Alan Gross, in Cuba.

Two years have now passed since Mr. Gross was arrested in Havana on December 3, 2009. We understand that Mr. Gross has endured a great deal during his incarceration, having lost 100 pounds and suffering numerous medical conditions. We also understand that Mr. Gross's daughter and mother are both fighting cancer. Mr. Gross must be released immediately, and be allowed to reunite with his loved ones.

We thank you for all your past efforts to secure Mr. Gross's release, and we once again urge the State Department to demand Mr. Gross's immediate release from custody and to ensure his safe return to his family in the United States. We appreciate your assistance in this matter.

Sincerely,

Shelley Berkley
Mario Diaz-Balart
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Dan Burton
Albio Sires
David Rivera
Steven Rothman
Scott Rigell


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