McConnell: Releasing Guantanamo Detainees Into the U.S. Will Not Make America Safer

Can the administration assure the American people that releasing men trained in terrorist training camps into American society poses no danger to our citizens? To date, they have not done so’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Friday regarding reports of potential release of Uighur detainees now held in Guantanamo into the United States:

"The question remains, as it does with all detainees held at Guantanamo: does their release make America safer? Surely the administration will not release these terrorist-trained detainees onto the streets of a U.S. community before providing to Congress the legal rationale for doing so, and a guarantee of safety for American citizens.

"Can the administration assure the American people that releasing men trained in terrorist training camps into American society poses no danger to our citizens? To date, they have not done so.

"There’s a reason U.S. law prohibits the entry of anyone trained in a terrorist camp. Why that law would be ignored to bring terrorist-trained detainees into American cities has not been answered by this administration."