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LATHAM STATEMENT ON WHITE HOUSE DECISION TO MOVE GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEES TO MIDWEST

“If this is the centerpiece of the Democrats’ jobs and economic development proposal, then this country is in real trouble.”

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Washington, Dec 15, 2009 | Fred Love ((202) 225-5476) | comments
Iowa Congressman Tom Latham issued a statement on Tuesday in response to news reports that the White House is making preparations to move detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a correctional facility in Thomson, Illinois.
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Iowa Congressman Tom Latham issued the following statement on Tuesday in response to news reports that the White House is making preparations to move detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a correctional facility in Thomson, Illinois:

“I’m gravely disappointed that the White House seems to have turned a deaf ear to the concerns of most Americans and decided to move ahead on this proposal.  Iowans want to know how bringing dangerous terrorists to their backyard will make their communities and our country any safer.”

“If this is the centerpiece of the Democrats’ jobs and economic development proposal, then this country is in real trouble.  Americans are demanding a real plan to create jobs and economic growth, but there are certainly more effective means of doing so than bringing terrorist-detainees onto American soil.

“The most appropriate place to house and try these terrorist-detainees is in the facilities at Guantanamo Bay, a stellar security facility built with American tax dollars.  However, if President Obama insists on bringing these detainees into the country, the Midwest is the last place they should be kept.  It would be far more fitting to detain them in jurisdictions that have a direct connection to their illegal activity or in jurisdictions that have more experience with this kind of high-profile proceeding.”

Congressman Latham introduced HR 4120, the “Keep Terrorists Out of the Midwest Act,” in November to block the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Iowa and 10 other Midwestern states.  Currently, the legislation has attracted 16 cosponsors from the states covered in the bill.

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