Mark Sanford Applauds Gov. Haley on Guantanamo

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April 28, 2016


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Mark Sanford issued the following statement on Governor Haley’s testimony to a House Homeland Security Subcommittee, opposing the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States:

“I applaud Governor Haley’s testimony today opposing the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States, including the Charleston Naval Brig. She was joined by a chorus of local officials, and I think that local perspective, particularly the voice of a governor, is important in Congress’s deliberations on this matter.

“Last summer, I was the first of the South Carolina delegation to say that transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States was flat out unlawful. Several pieces of law, that the President himself has signed, make clear that the Department of Defense cannot fund the transfer of Gitmo prisoners to the US.

“As the Governor very appropriately stated in her remarks, changing the geography of indefinite detention hardly addresses international concerns. I concur and have long expressed disagreement with indefinite detention. Moving inmates from one place of indefinite detention to another will not make our country safer and certainly never addresses the core questions surrounding indefinite detention.”

To see Congressman Sanford’s remarks from last summer on this, please Click here. To see the full letter to the Department of Defense, please Click here.

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