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State Department Must Deny U.S. Entry to Wife of Cuban Spy, Ros-Lehtinen Says


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter today to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requesting that the State Department deny Ms. Adriana Perez, wife of Cuban spy Gerardo Hernandez, entry to the United States. This request comes after Ms. Perez reportedly met with the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, and asked for assistance in obtaining a visa to the United States in order to visit her husband and advocate for the return to Cuba of another Cuban spy, Rene Gonzalez. Ms. Perez's husband is currently incarcerated in the U.S. for being convicted on 13 counts, including conspiracy to murder. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

"Ms. Perez's relentless campaign to help her husband and other Cuban spies, who pose a great threat to U.S. security interests, illustrates her dangerous loyalty to the brutal Castro dictatorship. Her efforts play directly into the hands of the Cuban propaganda machine, which ignores the fact that Hernandez and his cohorts were convicted of espionage in U.S. courts.

"The deliberate acts of these Cuban spies led to the murder of Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Mario de la Peña, and Pablo Morales in the 1996 Brothers to the Rescue shootdown over international waters. The U.S. should not accommodate any request by those responsible for such a heinous act and should stand in solidarity with the families of the innocent victims that have suffered under the brutal Cuban regime.

"It is disappointing that the UN Human Rights Commissioner met with Perez, giving undo legitimacy to her dangerous cause. I urge the State Department to unequivocally deny her any request of entry to the United States and prevent Rene Gonzalez from returning to Cuba."

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