2015 RECAP: Fight to Keep Terrorists in Guantanamo
In August, we learned that the President was renewing his efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and send enemy combatants to U.S. soil. The Administration has since surveyed sites in South Carolina, Kansas, and Colorado as part of this terrible plan. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and I wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal denouncing the President’s actions.
However, despite Congress and the American people’s strong opposition to the plan, the President is still more than willing to illegally bypass Congress in order to fulfill a campaign promise.
In October, I visited Guantanamo Bay with Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and as I’ve stated in the past year, Guantanamo is the best location for these enemy combatants — an isolated location surrounded by water, mountains, and deserts. That is why considering a domestic location, in my opinion, is the worst decision for America’s national security.
I wrote an op-ed in the National Review about my trip to Guantanamo with detailed arguments against closing the facilities.
A few weeks after I returned from my trip to Guantanamo, we learned that the Administration had threatened to close the Guantanamo prison by Executive Order. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and I also held a press conference denouncing the White House’s refusal to rule out executive action to close the facilities.
In addition to that, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last month, which demands the President to rule out Executive Order, stop playing politics and listen to Congress and the American people on Guantanamo. I joined Greta to discuss the President’s illegal plan to transfer terrorists to the U.S..
As we still await the release of the Administration’s plan on Guantanmo, I remain committed to fighting to ensure that our country is protected and that these dangerous terrorists do not step foot on U.S. soil.
In case you missed it, here is a video highlighting my fight against the administration’s plan to bring enemy combatants to domestic locations: