From The State Department: On Alan Gross

Thursday, June 19, 2014
We of course express our deepest and sincerest condolences to Mr. Gross and his family on their loss. We obviously feel it is a tragedy that he was unable to be home in the United States at his mother’s bedside for her passing. We’ve urged the Cuban Government to grant Mr. Gross a humanitarian furlough so that he can travel to the United States and be with his family during this time of mourning, and we’ve made very clear that this is a strong priority for us.
-- Jen Psaki, State Department spokesperson, Daily Press Briefing, 6/18/14