“The detention facility runs contrary to American values and it is time to remove this stain on our democracy. Guantanamo does nothing to keep us safe and, in fact, hurts our national security efforts to protect Americans and combat terrorism,” said Davis, a senior member of the powerful House Armed Services Committee.
President Obama earlier on Tuesday outlined a plan to close the prison, which is located on a heavily guarded Navy base in Cuba, and bring the remaining detainees to facilities in the United States where they could be tried in U.S. courts. Congress has long opposed the move, and the detainees have faced indefinite confinement.
“With about 2,000 personnel watching over 91 detainees, Guantanamo is a fiscally irresponsible approach,” Davis said. “Furthermore, our judicial system has a proven record of trying and incarcerating terrorists, with over 500 terrorists currently being held in U.S. prisons.”
Davis represents the 53rd Congressional District, which includes La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and parts of San Diego, El Cajon and Chula Vista.