Today Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined 40 Members of Congress, including Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), on a bipartisan letter to urge Cuban officials to release Alan Gross. Mr. Gross, a U.S. citizen from the Eighth District of Maryland, was arrested in Havana on December 3, 2009 while doing work pursuant to a U.S. government contract. The text of the letter is below:Mr. Jorge Bolanos
Chief of Mission
Cuban Interest Section
Embassy of Switzerland
2639 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009Dear Mr. Bolanos,We wish to convey our serious concern regarding the arrest and continued imprisonment by your government of an American citizen, Alan P. Gross. We urge the Cuban Government to immediately release Mr. Gross from custody and return him to his family in the United States.Mr. Gross was arrested in Havana on December 3, 2009. It is our understanding that at the time of his arrest, Mr. Gross was in Cuba to help the Jewish community improve their ability to communicate with Jews, both in Cuba and overseas. He was working pursuant to a U.S. government contract. Mr. Gross’s work in Cuba emanated from his desire to make a positive impact for others of his faith on the island.
The rest of the letter is here…