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Latta Votes to Prohibit Transfer of Terrorists From Guantanamo Bay

Washington, September 15, 2016 | Drew Griffin (202-225-6405)
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing legislation, H.R. 5351, which would prohibit the transfer of any individuals stationed at the United States Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the United States or to a foreign country. The bill would ban such transfers until the end of the year or until a 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is signed into law. Currently, 61 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay, with 20 being cleared for transfer by the Obama Administration.

“The President’s backdoor attempt to close Guantanamo is putting our national security at risk,” said Latta. “With the Administration's Director of Intelligence admitting that one out of three released detainees has returned to terrorist activities, releasing these dangerous prisoners will continue to put the safety of American citizens in danger. This legislation puts a stop to the transfer of these detainees until the issue can be addressed in the NDAA.”

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