U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today expressed disappointment with answers provided by Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Jane Lute about the risks associated with relocating terrorists into the United States.

When asked at a Homeland Security Committee hearing where terrorist detainees currently housed at Guantanamo Bay should be relocated, Deputy Secretary Lute refused to give specifics, frustrating Congressman Dent.

“Now is not the time to play games with our national security,” Congressman Dent said after the hearing. “The Department refuses to answer whether unidentified terrorist sleeper cells are in the United States, but the Administration is still willing to import terrorists from our maximum-security detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to some local jail cell.”

In February, Rep. Dent and eight fellow Republican Members of the Committee on Homeland Security sent the attached letter to Chairman Bennie Thompson asking for a Committee-sponsored trip to the Detention Facility.

Today, Rep. Dent renewed his calls for a bipartisan committee site visit to the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility.

“The Department of Defense is willing to bring us to Guantanamo Bay, but there appears to be no interest on the part of the majority to visit Gitmo,” Congressman Dent said. Members of Congress require an authorization from their Committee Chairman to visit the terrorist detention facility.

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