Senator David Perdue Statement on President Obama’s Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement about President Obama’s proposed plan to transfer Guantanamo Bay terrorists to prisons within the United States:

“Transferring the world’s most dangerous terrorists to our homeland is unsafe and will unnecessarily put our communities in danger. These terrorists have made it their mission to harm Americans, kill our troops, and attack our very way of life. Moving terrorists into any facility near American citizens places a target on these communities—especially when these enemy combatants have access to foreign networks and funding. I’m also concerned about the potential radicalization of other inmates to further carry out their anti-American agenda. Sadly, this is another attempt by President Obama to put political promises ahead of our national security.”

Today, Senator Perdue voted for and the Senate overwhelmingly passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which explicitly prohibits transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States, as well as the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, which prohibits President Obama from building or retrofitting any prisons to hold terrorists in the United States.