Senator David Vitter Introduces Bill: No Detainees in US

A quote from Senator David Vitter (R, LA) on his web site:

U.S. Sen. David Vitter this week introduced the “Protection from Enemy Combatants Act,” a bill that would prevent any detainee from Guantanamo Bay from being admitted into the United States.

“I think all can agree that it would not be in the best interests of U.S. national security to release from Cuba detainees suspected of engaging in terrorist activities and allow them to enter the United States,” said Vitter.  “This is absolutely a path that we should not tread.  The detainees at Guantanamo are housed there because they represent a terrorist threat to America and, as activist judges continue to usurp our security measures through the judicial processes, we should lay the groundwork now to ensure that these individuals are not allowed to enter the United States.”

Vitter’s bill provides that no court of the United States may order the release or parole into America of any alien detained as an enemy combatant by the United States at Guantanamo Bay, except in the instance that the President determines that the waiver of such a restriction meets is consistent with matters of national security.

“As Chairman of the U.S. Senate Border Security and Enforcement First Caucus, I am gravely concerned with preventing illegal aliens from entering the U.S., specifically in those instances where the individuals were, and will likely remain, a threat to homeland security,” Vitter said.  “We most certainly do not want a policy where we legally admit terrorists, or suspected terrorists, into our country.  This legislation would prevent that.”

In the 110th Congress, the Senate has already passed a similar, non-binding Sense of the Senate Resolution by a vote of 97-3 in favor of preventing Guantanamo detainees from being transferred to facilities in the United States.

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