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 RobertsNo. 2 Senate Republican backs McConnell in Trump fight Overnight Healthcare: McConnell warns Senate not to block repeal debate | Insurers knock Cruz proposal | WH tries to discredit CBO | Lawmakers propose .1B NIH funding boost Trump: I’ll be ‘very angry’ if Senate doesn’t pass ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-Kan.), Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottWhy President Trump’s 'both sides' argument has merit GOP senator: 'There is no realistic comparison' between antifa and white supremacists Trump on white supremacists: ‘Pretty bad dudes on the other side also' MORE (R-S.C.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerGOP senator calls on China, 20 other countries to cut ties with North Korea Week ahead: Crunch time for defense bill’s cyber reforms | Equifax under scrutiny It is time to make domestic terrorism a federal crime 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 McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions 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 AyotteStale, misguided, divisive: minimum wage can't win elections Trump voter fraud commission sets first meeting outside DC RNC chair warns: Republicans who refused to back Trump offer 'cautionary tale' 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.