State Attorneys General Ask President-Elect Trump to Ensure GITMO Detainees are not Transferred to U.S.

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – November 16, 2016 South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, along with Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, today asked President-elect Donald Trump for his assistance to ensure the current administration does not relocate detainees from Guantanamo Bay to their states.

In a letter to Trump, the attorneys general request that he “raise this issue personally with President Obama and procure his commitment that the outgoing administration will not seek to close Guantanamo or transfer any current detainees to our homeland.”

In November 2015, Attorney General Coffman, Attorney General Schmidt and Attorney General Wilson wrote to President Obama and expressed their disagreement with his intent to transfer detainees to Colorado, Kansas and South Carolina. In that letter, the attorneys general noted that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified in Congress that federal law does not allow transfer of detainees to the U.S. mainland. The administration never responded to that letter.

The attorneys general letter to President-elect Trump is available HERE.


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