Senate Democrats Oppose GITMO Transfers

For Immediate Release
March 17, 2016

HCR 5024: Polarizing and Uncivil

Topeka, KS – Today, the members of the Kansas Senate Democratic caucus, in a letter to President Obama, requested that the President not transfer prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth.

The letter, which addresses safety and security concerns, notes the facility in Leavenworth is a medium-security facility and does not provide maximum security measures “which would provide long-term segregated housing for the extremely high- risk prisoners who would be transferred from Guantanamo Bay.”

This letter is in stark contrast to HCR 5024, which passed the Senate earlier this week.

“The resolution contained polarizing and uncivil rhetoric that was meant to purposely disrespect our nation’s Commander-in-Chief,” said Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley. “This issue is about national security and the safety of the Leavenworth community – not about playing political games.”

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View a copy of the letter here.

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