Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer released the statement below following the President’s announcement of his plans to close Guantanamo Bay:

“President Obama’s announcement today of his plans to close Guantanamo Bay is simply reckless, and it is dead on arrival in Congress.  The transferal of detainees to America is illegal because of language that he signed into law this past December.  It's also terribly misguided and naive.  The likelihood that one of these released detainees will return to a life of terrorism is certain.  The Administration may claim that safeguards are in place, but sending these terrorists back to the Middle East or bringing them to the American Homeland puts our country at even greater risk.  I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure Guantanamo Bay remains open and its detainees stay right there where they belong.”