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Denials of Family Visits

Letter from 13 California Mayors to US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

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Monday September 10, 2007

 U.S. Attorney General

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20530-0001

(202) 353-1555

 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales:

 We respectfully request that you grant temporary visitation visas to entry into the United States to the following persons who are Cuban citizens and live in Cuba, in order to be able to visit their husbands, currently incarcerated in U.S. prisons:

Adriana Pérez O’Connor, wife of Gerardo Hernández, reg. #58739-004, who is currently in USP Victorville, California.

Olga Salanueva Arango, wife of René González, reg. #58738-004, who is currently in FCI Marianna, FL 32446,

The two women should be able to visit their husbands on humanitarian grounds. People in California and in the United States, as well as around the world, are aware of their situation. Their case is under appeal, and there is no justifiable reason to deny these families the right to visitation. Gerardo Hernandez has not seen his wife in 9 years and Rene Gonzalez has not seen his in 7 years.

We hope you will review this matter favorably and grant entry visas into the United States


Robert Lieber                                   Mayor                                                Albany

Tom Bates                                         Mayor                                                Berkeley

Mary Craton                                     Mayor                                                Canyon Lake

Larry Bragman                                Mayor                                                Fairfax

Elba Guerrero                                  Mayor                                                Huntington Park

Felipe Aguirre                                  Mayor                                                Maywood

Bill Bogaard                                      Mayor                                                Pasadena

Maricela Morales                             Mayor                                                Port Hueneme

Gayle McLaughlin                           Mayor                                                Richmond

Dennis Donohue                             Mayor                                                Salinas

Emily Reilly                                      Mayor                                                Santa Cruz

San Pierce                                         Mayor                                                Sebastopol

Woddy Fridae                                   Mayor                                                Winters

Cc:      U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

            Paul D. Clement, U.S. Solicitor General

California Senator Diane Feinstein

            California Senator Barbara Boxer

            Speaker of the House, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

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