Hearing examines local impacts of Obama Administration’s plan to close GTMO

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Scott Perry (PA-4), Chairman of the Homeland Security Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee, convened a hearing on Thursday morning entitled “Transferring Guantanamo Bay Detainees to the Homeland: Implications for States and Local Communities.” A taping of the hearing is available HERE.

“In January 2009, President Obama signed an executive order, which ordered the closure of the detention facilities at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Over seven years later—in February 2016—the Administration submitted its plan to close the detention facility. Although the plan is devoid of specifics, the Administration made clear that it intends to identify a location within the United States to detain an unspecified number of GTMO prisoners.”

“Why would the Administration ignore the advice of our state and law enforcement professionals?  Just because their advice doesn’t fit the Administration’s political narrative doesn’t mean their voices shouldn’t be heard. The fact is, state and local law enforcement have numerous concerns with the implications of bringing the world’s most dangerous terrorists to our homeland. Law enforcement officials have serious questions, which the Administration’s plan either failed to consider or simply didn’t answer.”

“Receiving input from states and local communities regarding these transfers is critical; that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley made the trip to Washington today underscores that importance.”

SOURCE: Congressman Scott Perry press release