(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 4, 2009 - State Rep. Jeff Espich (R-Uniondale) stood with Republican representatives and senators Tuesday to unveil a resolution urging President Barack Obama's administration to keep Guantanamo Bay's detainees out of Indiana's federal prison.
The resolution was authored by Sen. Marlin Stutzman (R-Howe) in response to an executive order by President Obama ordering the Guantanamo Bay detention facility closed within a year. This order has left many speculating that some of the 240 detainees might be sent to the federal prison in Terre Haute.
"Terrorists should be kept off United States soil and remain at Guantanamo. That being said, now that the decision has been made to close Guantanamo Bay, I am joining my colleagues to send the message: Guantanamo inmates are not welcome here," said Rep. Espich. "These suspected terrorists have dedicated their lives to fight against our way of life. It is not appropriate to house them here."
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Jimtown) and Rep. Bill Davis (R-Portland) will carry the House version of this resolution.
Facilities in South Carolina, Kansas, California and Colorado are possible locations for the reassignment of detainees. Legislation has been drafted by U.S. House of Representatives that would block transfers to a prison just north of San Diego. U.S. congressmen from South Carolina and Colorado have opposed the idea of bringing detainees to their states, as well.