Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Americans Agree With Republicans: Keep Terrorists Out of America

The Administration has been dealt yet another sharp blow this morning as it scrambles for a clear plan for what to do with more than 200 of the world’s most dangerous terrorists currently housed at the Guantanamo Bay prison. A fresh Gallup poll released today confirms that Americans’ opposition to importing the terrorists held at Guantanamo is solidifying, with 75 percent of Americans opposed to having them moved into prisons in their own states. USA Today reports:

“Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to closing the detention center for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay and moving some of the detainees to prisons on U.S. soil, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.”

“By more than 2-1, those surveyed say Guantanamo shouldn’t be closed. By more than 3-1, they oppose moving some of the accused terrorists housed there to prisons in their own states.”

“The findings underscore the difficult task President Obama faces in convincing those at home that he should follow through on his campaign promise to close the prison in Cuba, especially in the absence of a plan of where the prisoners would go.”

In short, the American people have spoken loudly and clearly: they want to keep terrorists out of America. Republicans agree. That’s why House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and his GOP colleagues have introduced the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act (H.R. 2294), legislation aimed at stopping the importation of terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison by:

- Affirming Congress’ opposition to transferring or releasing terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay prison into the United States.

- Prohibiting the Administration from transferring or releasing any terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay to any state without express approval from the state’s governor and legislature, and certification to Congress that strict requirements have been met.

- Prohibiting the President from transferring or releasing a terrorist detainee into the United States without fulfilling strict congressional notification and certification requirements.

170 House Republicans support the legislation – including Ranking Members of the Armed Forces, Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Foreign Affairs Committees. As Members of Congress arrive back in Washington today, will House Democrats – who represent millions of Americans opposed to importing terrorists into their communities – finally join Republicans in supporting the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act and demanding a vote on the legislation? And, as the American people continue to say loudly and clearly that they want to keep terrorists out of America, will the Administration finally agree to develop a plan to do just that?

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