WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann and John Kline are pushing legislation that would bar the Obama administration from sending Guantanamo Bay detainees to Minnesota.
For the record, there has been no official move to relocate detainees to the North Star state, according to Bachmann’s office. The legislation is an attempt to take preventive action, a spokesman for Bachmann said.
It would prohibit federal money from being used to transfer or house Guantanamo Bay detainees anywhere in Minnesota.
The bill is similar to a measure introduced by Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., earlier this year that moved to keep Guantanamo Bay detainees out of Oklahoma.
Here’s a copy of the press release from Bachmann’s office:
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (MN-6) and Congressman John Kline (MN-2) introduced legislation (H.R. 1566) that would prohibit the use of any federal funds to transfer or house Global War on Terror detainees now held at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba anywhere in Minnesota.
“It is simply irresponsible to shut down a facility that houses known terrorists and transfer them to our neighborhoods,” said Congresswoman Bachmann. “While I understand the interest of the White House in making this well-orchestrated PR move, these are very dangerous terrorists and they must be treated as such. To transfer them anywhere near Minnesota residents – or any American citizen for that matter, is a risk we cannot afford to take.”
On January 22, 2009 President Obama announced his intention to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba. Last week, as the Administration has found our international partners increasingly unwilling to commit to resettling detainees on their soil, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that detainees could be released into the United States. It remains unclear whether Holder’s announcement will entice European nations to accept detainees.
In addition to H.R. 1566, Congresswoman Bachmann is also a cosponsor of H.R. 1012, which would prohibit the use of federal funds to transfer the Global War on Terror detainees to anywhere in the U.S.