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Hice Statement on President’s Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay

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Washington, February 23, 2016 | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, President Obama announced that the Department of Defense will submit a proposal to Congress detailing plans to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility (GTMO). Congressman Jody B. Hice (GA-10) released the following statement following the President’s announcement:

“With today’s announcement that he will seek to fulfill an ill-advised campaign pledge by closing GTMO, the President has again demonstrated his unwillingness to listen to the American people. Unfortunately, this time it comes at the expense of our national security. Transferring GTMO detainees to United States soil is a clear violation of the very law the President himself signed last November. Having already released 147 detainees — including many who have rejoined the fight against us — this is not the policy we should be pursuing. The safety and security of our communities and our Nation are what is important — not the President’s misguided attempts to build his legacy.”  

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