Foxx Statement on President’s Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay Prison
WASHINGTON – Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s plan to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay and transfer up to 60 prisoners to the United States mainland:
“Bringing dangerous terrorists to the American homeland has been consistently rejected by bipartisan majorities in Congress. President Obama’s stubborn insistence on fulfilling an ill-advised campaign promise to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay distracts from ongoing threats to American national security and highlights the failures of his foreign policy agenda.”
Rep. Meadows’ Statement on President Obama’s Gitmo Closure Plans
Washington, D.C.— President Obama announced from the White House Tuesday his plans to close the Guantanamo Bay military base. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement:
“President Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay is woefully misguided and poses a grave security threat to both the homeland as well as our armed forces serving abroad. We’ve already seen cases in which Gitmo detainees return to terrorism upon release. Most notably, Ibrahim Qosi, also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani, is now an al Qaeda leader in Yemen.
Releasing Guantanamo terrorists abroad amounts to granting amnesty to terrorists. Further, transferring Gitmo prisoners to U.S. facilities violates the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, which specifically barred relocating Gitmo prisoners to U.S. soil. The majority of Americans continue to oppose closing Guantanamo Bay because they understand the security threat posed by housing convicted terrorists on American soil.
I strongly urge the President to rethink this flawed and dangerous plan. Our national security is more important than the President’s attempts to make good on 2008 campaign promises.”