WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after The Wall Street Journal reported that President Obama is considering options to re-write the law and import terrorists housed at Guantanamo Bay to the United States:
“An overwhelming majority of the American people and bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate oppose importing the terrorists imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay into the United States, yet the White House continues to move forward with its plan. Even as Islamic jihadists are beheading Americans, the White House is so eager to bring these terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to the United States that it is examining ways to thwart Congress and unilaterally re-write the law. Not only is this scheme dangerous, it is yet another example of what will be this administration’s legacy of lawlessness.
“While Republicans stand united against this ploy, each and every Democrat should make their position known. Do they support the president’s maneuver to override a bipartisan law, thumb his nose at the American people and the Constitution, and bring these terrorists to U.S. soil? Or do they stand with the American people and oppose this dangerous plan? House Republicans have kept our Pledge to America to keep these terrorists out of the United States, and we will do everything within our power to keep our pledge and hold the administration accountable.”
NOTE: Over the last four years, bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate have consistently passed – and President Obama has signed – legislation that prohibits him from transferring the terrorists housed at the Guantanamo Bay prison to the United States.