President Obama has released a plan to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility and, presumably, relocate its prisoners to U.S. soil.
U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam released the following statement:
"What President Obama's plan lacks in details, it more than makes up for in irresponsibility and illegality.
"President Obama's abdication of global leadership has made the world an incredibly dangerous place. ISIS controls large swaths of territory in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. Iran, the world's largest state sponsor of terror, just cashed a check worth more than $100 billion, which President Obama himself admits will likely be used to finance terrorism. The last thing we should be doing right now is willfully bringing terrorists into our country just so President Obama can fulfill a campaign pledge.
"More than 6 years ago the president tried to relocate the facility to Illinois. The American people overwhelmingly objected and we passed a law making it illegal to transfer GTMO detainees to American soil. Period. Full stop. There's nothing complicated about this issue. It was a bad idea when I opposed it in 2009 and it's a bad idea today. The only difference now is that it's also illegal.
"I traveled to Guantánamo Bay last fall and saw first-hand the important role the facility plays in our military's efforts to keep our country safe. There is simply no military, security, or other strategic reason to relocate some of the world's most dangerous terrorists to Illinois or elsewhere in the United States."