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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 RobertsSenate GOP's campaign arm releases first ad targeting Bollier in Kansas The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden hit campaign trail in Florida National Republicans will spend to defend Kansas Senate seat MORE (R-Kan.), Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottFrom HBCUs to Capitol Hill: How Congress can play an important role Democrats unveil bill to reduce police violence against people with mental illness Liberals should embrace Trump's Supreme Court nominee MORE (R-S.C.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 spending wars | Biden looks to clean up oil comments | Debate ratings are in Democrats seek to block appeal of court ruling ousting Pendley, BLM land plans 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 McCainMark Kelly releases Spanish ad featuring Rep. Gallego More than 300 military family members endorse Biden Jennifer Lawrence says until Trump she was 'a little Republican' 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 AyotteThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Senate makes SCOTUS nominee Barrett a proxy for divisive 2020 Senate Republicans scramble to put Trump at arm's length GOP anxiety grows over Trump political roller coaster 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.