03.08.16

GOP Senators Introduce Resolution Opposing Transfer of GTMO Detainees

Senators introduce resolution opposing closure of the detention facility

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today joined Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS), Tim Scott (R-SC), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Roy Blunt (R-MO) in introducing a resolution formally rejecting President Obama’s plan to transfer prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities to an alternate location in American communities, which is explicitly prohibited by law.

“Americans in Colorado and across the country are adamantly opposed to the Obama Administration’s proposal to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to their backyards,” said Gardner. “The Administration is considering relocation sites in Colorado that are in close proximity to the heavily populated areas of Pueblo and Colorado Springs, as well as the U.S. Air Force Academy and several military installations. Furthermore, today we learned through a report that in the last six months alone the number of former detainees who have returned to the battlefield to join the fight against the West has doubled. The closure of Guantanamo Bay presents a significant security challenge to the United States and our allies, and this resolution reaffirms my strong opposition to the Obama Administration’s proposal.”

The resolution states that the Senate:

  • Rejects the “Plan to Closing Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility” presented by the President on February 23, 2016, to transfer, release, or assist in the transfer or release of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States homeland, in contravention of current United States law that explicitly prohibits such transfers
  • Finds that Guantanamo Bay detention facility is the optimal location to house dangerous foreign enemy combatants
  • Asserts that any potential transfer or release of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S. homeland represents a threat to United States national security due to the risk of providing law of war detainees with rights and protections under the United States Constitution, including the potential for release into the United States, and particularly, a threat to the safety and security of local communities in the States of Kansas, Colorado, and South Carolina; and
  • Demands that the President immediately abandon any ill-conceived and illegal plans to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States homeland without explicit authorization from the United States Congress.

 

The full text of the resolution is available here.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. 

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