President Barack Obama Tuesday proposed to “once and for all” close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The President delivered his plans to Congress, which also call to transfer remaining detainees to a facility in the U.S., though his plan does not specify where.
It didn’t take long for the Alabama delegation to weigh in on the President’s plans:
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby:
Since taking office in 2009, President Obama has vowed to act on his campaign promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. I believe that closing Guantanamo and moving radical terrorists onto U.S. soil is imprudent and reckless, especially when the President failed to detail any specifics to his so-called plan.
The prisoners housed at Guantanamo pose a serious threat to our national security, and their release or transfer should not be centered on President Obama’s desire to score political points. Current law prohibits the terrorists held at Guantanamo from being transferred onto U.S. soil. I will fight against this dangerous and misguided decision by the Administration to blatantly disregard the law.
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-01):
The law couldn’t be clearer: the President cannot transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay into the United States. Today’s announcement, like many others we have seen from this President, isn’t a serious proposal. It is short on details and fails to outline how this proposal would help keep the American people safe. Congress should just say no.
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02): Did not respond to request for comment.
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-03):
President Obama’s plan to transfer many of the remaining detainees at Gitmo to U.S. soil is nothing more than nonsensical lip service to fulfill a campaign promise. While we are still waiting for a comprehensive strategy to defeat and destroy ISIL, Obama continues to push for 10,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in the U.S. These examples demonstrate to me that he is not serious about the very real and dangerous threats posed by terrorists to our homeland. I will continue to strongly oppose any plan by Obama to close Gitmo or allow Syrian refugees on our soil.
U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL-04): Did not respond to request for comment.
U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-05): Did not respond to request for comment.
U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (AL-05):
Closing Guantanamo Bay would be irresponsible and detrimental to America’s national security, and the authority to do so resides with Congress, not the President.
Congress has consistently expressed the position, most recently in the National Defense Authorization Act, that those dangerous detainees should not be brought to facilities in our homeland. Our priority is to keep Americans safe and our enemies off American soil. I strongly urge the President to reconsider this plan and to put the safety of this great nation’s citizens first.
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07): Did not respond to request for comment.