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GOP Senators Urge Trump to Expand Use of Gitmo

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The U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP Photo/Ben Fox)

By    |   Monday, 13 Feb 2017 07:19 PM

A group of 11 Republican Senators have written a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to increase the use of the Guantanamo Bay prison facility where captured terrorism suspects are held, CNN reported.

"We want to express our support for maintaining and expanding the utilization of the detention facility during your administration by detaining current and future enemy combatants who pose a threat to our national security," the letter read.

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran led the group penning the letter, according to CNN.

Such a move would be a reversal from actions taken by former President Barack Obama, who vowed before taking office to close the facility located on a U.S. military base in Cuba.

Obama never completely fulfilled his promise, and left office with 41 prisoners remaining, though that is a significant decrease from the 242 detainees he inherited from the George W. Bush administration.

A high of 684 prisoners were incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay in 2003.

Obama had sought to move the detainees into prisons on U.S. soil, but that raised concerns among opponents they would then be entitled to constitutional rights, and it would bring added danger to American citizens.

Republicans also have voiced fears detainees who have been released have returned to the battlefield. Trump himself during the campaign said Guantanamo Bay, nicknamed Gitmo, should remain open and used to hold captured terrorists.

"There should be no further releases from Gitmo," Trump said on Twitter on Jan. 3. "These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield."

The senators writing to Trump are calling for a "full and judicious review" of the "role and responsibilities" of the review board set up by Obama to oversee the release of detainees. They asked "an immediate suspension" take place on any release of further detainees in the meantime.

According to CNN, those signing include members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. They include Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Roy Blunt of Missouri, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, John Boozman of Arkansas, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Steve Daines of Montana, and Orrin Hatch of Utah.

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A group of 11 Republican Senators have written a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to increase the use of the Guantanamo Bay prison facility where captured terrorism suspects are held, CNN reported.
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