WASHINGTON – On Monday, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) led a congressional visit with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“The visit to Guantanamo Bay was an important opportunity to speak with our military leaders and gain a better understanding of detention facility operations – their mission is difficult as they safeguard our nation from those who wish to do us harm,” Sen. Moran said. “The impressive men and women of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo are fully committed to serving and protecting our country. Unfortunately, the president is spending more energy fulfilling a campaign promise than focusing on the serious national security threats we face across the globe. I will continue to oppose the administration’s plan to move detainees to the United States.”
“My visit to Guantanamo Bay reaffirmed what Coloradans and Americans across the country already know: the detainees belong in Guantanamo Bay, a facility tailor-made for terrorists,” Sen. Gardner said. “In addition to the illegality of transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. soil through executive order, the President should recognize that moving dangerous terrorists to our backyard at a time when our country is facing emerging security challenges is both irresponsible and dangerous. I’ll continue to work to ensure that Guantanamo Bay detainees remain where they belong.”
“Visiting Guantanamo Bay was a humble reminder of the services our military provides overseas to get these terrorists off the battlefield and ensure we don’t have to bring them to Americans’ backyards,” Sen. Daines said. “The fact remains clear, President Obama signed multiple pieces of legislation into law that explicitly prohibits the transfer of enemy combatants from Guantanamo Bay to our shores. I’m exceedingly proud of our men and women serving at Guantanamo Bay and will continue working tirelessly to prohibit the transfer of these detainees to America.”
Sen. Moran has long advocated against relocating Guantanamo Bay detainees. Sen. Moran and Sen. Daines sponsor legislation (S.2559) to prevent President Obama from giving the GITMO back to Cuba without proper Congressional approval.
Sen. Moran also sponsors the Detaining Terrorists to Protect America Act (S. 165), which prohibits the transfer to the United States of detainees designated medium- or high-risk for two years. S. 165 would also ban transfers to Yemen, where dozens of the remaining Guantanamo detainees are from.