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Illinois prison to get Gitmo detainees

WASHINGTON. - No timeframe has been set yet, but President Barack Obama has ordered the federal government to acquire an underused Illinois state prison, and use it to house some of the terror suspects being held at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
     
According to a letter signed by Obama administration officials and sent to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a section of the Thomson Correctional Center will eventually exceed so-called "supermax standards." The facility is located near the Mississippi River, about 150 miles from Chicago.
     
Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, say the administration will have to work with Congress to change laws and secure the necessary funding before any prisoners are transferred from Cuba to the United States.
     
The plan to house no more than 100 terror detainees is not without its critics. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accuses the Obama administration of failing to explain how the transfer will keep Americans safer than keeping the terror suspects where they are now.

Napolitano: Gitmo detainees won't remain in US after prison term

They may be brought to the United States for trial, but the Obama administration vows that no Guantanamo Bay detainee will remain here.
     
Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made that clear in a letter to Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter dated December 11th.
     
The two officials write that a detainee would be treated for immigration purposes as if he is at a U.S. border trying to get into the United States. They said any detainee brought here for trial would not be granted any immigration rights to live in the United States if the detainee is acquitted, or if he's convicted and serves out a prison sentence.
     
If a detainee is unable to return to his home country, the U.S. would ask another country to accept him.

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