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Congresswoman Jenkins Sends Letter To Secretary Carter Demanding He Abandon This Reckless Proposal

DoD Personnel Currently Evaluating Fort Leavenworth As Potential Site Relocation For Guantanamo Bay Detainees

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Following reports that Department of Defense (DoD) personnel are currently on site and evaluating Fort Leavenworth as a potential site relocation for the Guantanamo Bay detainees, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-02) sent a letter to Secretary Ashe Carter demanding that he abandon this reckless proposal.  After sending the letter and hearing this breaking news, Congresswoman Jenkins released the following statement:

“The first bill I introduced in Congress was to prohibit funds for the transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to Fort Leavenworth. I have visited Guantanamo Bay, and I know firsthand that it is the best facility in the world for holding these deadly enemy combatants. At a time when we face relentless threats from the Islamic State, and have yet to hear a strategy to defeat ISIL, it is absurd to hear that the Department of Defense has personnel on the ground at Fort Leavenworth conducting site surveys to advance the President’s proposal that could ultimately result in the transfer of these terrorist to Kansas.  

“An overwhelming majority of Kansans and Americans oppose importing terrorists from Guantanamo Bay in to the United States and Congress has acted in bipartisan fashion over and over again to prohibit Guantanamo Bay detainees from entering the United States. It is irresponsible, reckless, and to overstep the law to do so is a dangerous precedent. The intent of this site survey is to move detainees which would be a violation of the FY2015 NDAA and current appropriations law, which both prohibit funding to build, modify and/or transfer the Guantanamo Bay detainees. 

“This afternoon I sent a letter to Secretary Ashe Carter demanding that the Administration abandon this reckless proposal. I will continue my work to keep these terrorists from being transferred to Fort Leavenworth or anywhere in the United States.”

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