Rep. Salmon Statement on the Release of Alan Gross

Dec 17, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the following statement after receiving word that Alan Gross was released from Cuba.

“Like all Americans, I welcome the news of Alan Gross’ release from his inhumane and improper imprisonment in a Cuban jail.  After more than 5 long years, I am thrilled that he is home where he can reunite with his family and get the care he needs.

As happy as I am for Alan Gross and his family, I’m concerned about long term ramifications to Americans and soldiers across the globe from yet another prisoner swap.  This move sends a message to every rogue government and terrorist organization that this Administration is willing to negotiate with them, even if it undercuts U.S. interests and values.  This puts a price on the head of every U.S. citizen.

Furthermore, rewarding a country that has repressed its people, jailed dissenters of the regime and traded weapons with North Korea in direct violation of several UN directives, is the wrong course of action.  The people of Cuba have looked to the United States as a source of freedom and liberty. By taking steps that will only enrich and increase the power of the Castro regime, we are turning our back on the Cuban men and women who have been struggling for freedom and democracy for their country.”

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) currently serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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