U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding the status of Alan Gross, a U.S. citizen unjustly imprisoned since 2009. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"Next month will commemorate the 4th year of the unjust imprisonment of Alan Gross in Cuba. The Castro regime must release Alan immediately without any preconditions. It would be a travesty to swap one U.S. citizen unjustly jailed in Cuba for four Cuban agents who were convicted in the U.S. for trying to infiltrate our military installations with the aim of undermining our national security interests. Such a deal would dishonor the memory of the four brave Brother to the Rescue members who were killed over international waters by those acting under direct orders from the Castro brothers. The Obama Administration, and all responsible nations, must stop kowtowing to the Castro dictatorship and demand freedom on the island for Alan Gross and the rest of the 11 million people living under tyranny in Cuba."