A press release from Congressman Randy Hultgren:
Hultgren: Keep Guantanamo Bay Open
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today criticized plans by the President to move ahead with closing Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and relocating detainees to United States prisons.
Previously, Rep. Hultgren supported House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 which prohibits such transfers.
“The President’s plan to close down the facility and move detainees to our shores is more political than practical,” said Rep. Hultgren.
“On a recent in-depth congressional fact-finding trip to the Guantanamo Bay prison, I saw first-hand how the facility is an important solution to housing the world’s most hardened terrorists.
“The conditions are humane but secure—the right combination for enemy combatants bent on harming our citizens.
“Until these terrorists are tried by our nation’s military tribunals, they should remain in Guantanamo Bay.”
On a bipartisan congressional fact-finding trip in September, Rep. Hultgren and his colleagues met with commanders at the facility, attended classified briefings regarding the nature and backgrounds of detainees and their treatment, toured the several camps and learned about overall operations.