WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator John Boozman today announced his cosponsorship of a Senate resolution formally rejecting President Obama’s plan to transfer prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities (Gitmo) to locations on American soil.
“Transferring Gitmo detainees to American soil threatens our national security and poses a risk to our citizens. That’s why Congress, with my support, approved legislation prohibiting Gitmo detainees from being moved to the U.S. This resolution puts the Senate on record against the relocation plans President Obama proposed,” Boozman said.
In February President Obama submitted a plan to Congress outlining measures to close Gitmo by transferring detainees to the U.S., a violation of federal law.
The resolution “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.”
Click here to read the full text of the resolution.
Sites in Colorado, Kansas and South Carolina have been surveyed as potential locations for Gitmo detainees.
Last week, Boozman helped introduce a resolution calling for fighters involved with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to be detained at Gitmo if they are captured by the United States.