Chaffetz Statement on Guantanamo Bay Closure

Published: Feb 23, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement after President Obama announced the Department of Defense will submit a plan to Congress to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility:

“The president’s proposal to transfer prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay is a mistake. Transferring detainees to the U.S. is against the law and will remain against the law. Having visited the prison myself, I believe Guantanamo is the best location to hold those who pose a grave threat to our nation. The president’s alternative is dangerous and makes our country less safe. With this plan, President Obama is prioritizing politics over security.”