S.C. Delegation Responds to Obama’s Gitmo Plan
President Barack Obama wants to close Guantanamo Bay and it's creating a firestorm in Congress.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — President Barack Obama wants to close Guantanamo Bay and it’s creating a firestorm in Congress.
Monday, the president says the detention center undermines America’s national security and needs to be closed.
The plan does call for transferring the remaining detainees to the U.S. and seeks nearly $500,000,000 in construction costs. It does not say where the detainees would go.
The proposal faces opposition in the Republican-controlled Congress.
Gov. Nikki Haley also responded to the plan with strong opposition. The governor says this is no time to send terrorists from Guantanamo Bay back to the battlefield. Haley stressed Monday, “What we saw is that he doubled down again on something that we wont accept. We have said that time and time again. The last thing you do in a country that has terrorism all around is to bring these detainees to South Carolina or any other state. So we will continue to fight it. We don’t want this in South Carolina. We don’t want it in Kansas or any other state in the country.”
Two republican congressmen from South Carolina strongly disagree with the president. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-2nd District) says, “The president’s dangerous proposal to close Guantanamo and transfer terrorists to locations in the United States, potentially South Carolina, is unlawful.”
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) says, “There is simply no reason to put a target on an American community when we already have an isolated facility well-guarded by marines that is more than capable of holding them.”
In a conference call with our ABC affiliate in Charleston on Monday, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-6th District) said he doesn’t have a position on the President’s Gitmo plan.