Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young shared the following statement on the Obama Administration’s plan to close the national security detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:
“President Obama has campaigned to close Guantanamo Bay for years, but he has consistently failed to detail a path forward that prevents terrorist detainees from reaching American soil,” said Congressman Don Young. “Congress and the American people have spoken clearly on this issue, Guantanamo detainees must not be moved to U.S. soil – detailed in law signed by the President only three months ago. Unfortunately, today’s plan is nothing more than an ambiguous attempt to fulfill a campaign promise, while failing to address genuine national security concerns required by federal law.
The FY16 National Defense Authorization Act [Public Law 114-92] prevents federal funds from being used to transfer or release individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States. Further, the bill mandates the Obama administration submit a plan to Congress that details the costs and location of an alternative detention facility.