Two Illinois Republican lawmakers have teamed up on legislation that would bar the use of federal money to move accused terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay to the United States.
The bill, sponsored by newly minted Sen. Mark Kirk and two-term Rep. Aaron Schock, also would block the use of federal dollars for any future transfer of new foreign detainees to U.S. soil.
The pair, along with other Illinois lawmakers, last year pressured the Obama administration to drop a proposal to bring Gimo detainees to the Land of Lincoln. Kirk at the time was a member of the U.S. House.
“Just last month after the administration attempted to insert a last-minute provision into the Defense Authorization bill giving the administration power to transfer terrorists to the heartland, we realized the fight to protect Illinois from hosting terrorists is not over,” Kirk said.
Closing the Guantanamo facility in Cuba would raise questions about whether the detainees would face trial in a civilian court or in front of a military tribunal. Kirk and Schock favor holding military tribunals for the detainees at Gitmo.
“The United States has a multi millions dollar, state-of-the art facility, including courtrooms, in Guantanamo Bay, and that should be where enemy combatants captured on the battlefield are held, tried and brought to justice,” Schock said.