GOP senators vow to fight Obama's Gitmo closure plan

GOP senators vow to fight Obama's Gitmo closure plan
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Republican senators are already gearing up to fight President Obama's plan to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, which is expected to be submitted to Congress on Tuesday. 

GOP senators whose states the administration is eyeing as possible locations to send detainees to voiced their opposition on Monday, in advance of the release. 

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“This plan is expected to present the options for the relocation of Guantanamo, but regardless of whether it is Kansas, South Carolina, or Colorado, none of these options are acceptable," Sens. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsModerates need to hold firm against radical right on Farm Bill GOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border Senate GOP tries to defuse Trump border crisis MORE (R-Kan.), Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border Anti-Trump Republicans better look out — voters might send you packing Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA MORE (R-S.C.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families Sessions floats federal law that would protect states that decriminalize marijuana MORE (R-Colo.) said in a statement. 

Congress has banned the transfer of any detainees to U.S. soil and enacted restrictions on any transfers from the prison.  

However, Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Trump mocks McCain at Nevada rally Don’t disrespect McCain by torpedoing his clean National Defense Authorization Act MORE (R-Ariz.) and other lawmakers have said they would consider allowing detainees in the U.S. if the administration submits a plan they approve of.  

But any plan will face stiff opposition from other quarters on Capitol Hill. Roberts is a staunch opponent of allowing detainees to come to the U.S., and has placed a hold on the president's nominee for Army secretary until he is assured none will be placed at the barracks at Fort Leavenworth. 

He, Scott and Gardner say they are concerned with the 30 percent recidivism rate among detainees of those who have been confirmed or suspected to have returned to the fight. 

They also say it will cost "hundreds of millions of dollars" to construct a new facility, and that any domestic facility "would place a bullseye for acts of terror on an American community." 

"With ever-growing threats abroad and our increased efforts to combat ISIS, we need a place to house these terrorists, and that place is not in our communities, nor back on the battlefield," they said.

"Our states and our communities remain opposed to moving the world’s deadliest terrorists to U.S. soil. The terrorists at Guantanamo Bay are where they should remain — at Guantanamo Bay.”

Earlier in the day, another GOP opponent, Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteHeitkamp ad highlights record as Senate race heats up Ernst, Fischer to square off for leadership post The Hill's Morning Report: Koch Network re-evaluating midterm strategy amid frustrations with GOP MORE (R-N.H.), also vowed to oppose the closure of the prison.  

“Today’s news reports indicate that the president is doubling down on a dangerous plan to close Guantanamo — a move that I will continue to fight in the Senate," she said.