WASHINGTON, D. C. – Tuesday, February 23, 2016 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement on President Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison:
“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.”
Senator Shelby included two provisions in the fiscal year 2016 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill related to Guantanamo Bay:
• Section 527 prevents the Administration from transferring detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to U.S. soil.
• Section 528 prevents the Administration from constructing, acquiring or modifying any facility in the U.S. to house detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.