Contact: Michael Byerly (Jenkins)
(202) 225-6601

Caroline Taylor (Pompeo)

(202) 225-6216

For Immediate Release
November 30, 2015


Jenkins, Pompeo To Hold Special Town Hall Meeting On Potential GTMO Detainee Transfer


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Lynn Jenkins (KS-02) and Mike Pompeo (KS-04) will be holding a special town hall meeting at the Leavenworth Heritage Center on Friday, December 11th, at 9am CT to discuss the President’s plan to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to a mainland United States site which could include Leavenworth, Kansas.


“The President’s proposed plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and possibly move extremely dangerous terrorists to the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth is a major concern for Kansans,” said Representatives Jenkins and Pompeo. “This town hall will give Kansans the opportunity to gather under one roof and voice their opinions regarding the President’s plan. It is important that we come together and give everyone who has a stake in the situation a chance to share their concerns.”


WHO: Representatives Lynn Jenkins and Mike Pompeo.


WHAT: Special Town Hall Meeting On President Obama’s Plan To Possibly Transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth.


WHEN: Friday, December 11th at 9am CT.


WHERE: Leavenworth Heritage Center - 109 Delaware St. Leavenworth, KS 66048



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In 2008 the President of the United States made a promise to close the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba that houses the terrorists captured after 9/11 and during the Middle East conflict.  In 2009 President Obama made an attempt to move these terrorists onto American soil, specifically Leavenworth, Kansas.  That move failed but, once again, we are faced with the possibility of having these terrorists placed on American soil and, once again, Leavenworth, Kansas is a top contender along with Colorado and South Carolina for the terrorists’ proposed relocation.  What needs to be understood by every American is that it is illegal and unconstitutional for these terrorists to be placed on American soil.  

disciplinary_barracks.jpgCongress has been very clear concerning the movement of terrorists from Guantanamo to the United States.  Starting with the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2013 and the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, Congress has specifically prohibited funds from being used for the transfer or release of detainees into the United States or to assist in the transfer or release of detainees into the country.

Changes will take place within the state and community if this transfer occurs.  Any place the terrorist detainees are brought will become a target. The culture within the community will change due to the increase in fear and anxiety among the people living there.  Security will change among law enforcement as there would be a new level of threat and new types of threats with which to deal.  The possibility of a demographic change within the community must be considered.  Who might move to the area because of a terrorist presence?  

The question that begs to be answered regarding President Obama’s insistence on bringing these terrorists into the United States is “Why”?  Why purposefully and unnecessarily create this dangerous scenario within America’s borders?  It has been said that another attack on America isn’t a matter of “if” but "when".   Re-locating the GITMO detainees is not just a problem for Kansas, Colorado, and South Carolina. If these terrorists are brought onto American soil, we will have an American problem and the entire nation will have to face the consequence of this ill-conceived action.



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