Rep. Salmon Comments on the President’s Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

Feb 23, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement after the President announced further plans to close Guantanamo Bay Prison.

“The majority of Americans agree that the United States should not close Guantanamo Bay and bring these terrorists to our homeland. Congress has passed laws, and the President has signed them, barring its closure.  The President knows this isn’t going to happen, but just today he released yet another bogus ‘plan’ to shut down all Guantanamo Bay detention camp operations and transfer its remaining prisoners to the United States and abroad for detention.  Bluntly, it won’t happen.

“Aside from being illegal, closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp just does not solve any problems.  Worse yet, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has confirmed that at least 116 detainees released from Guantanamo Bay have returned to terrorism.  That’s a terrible track record.  With the global terrorist threat on the rise, closing this detention center will keep us from obtaining crucial information needed to defeat our enemy and set free terrorist combatants devoted to killing Americans at home and abroad.”

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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