President Obama says closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay is about "closing a chapter in our history." In announcing details of his plan to close Gitmo, he said around three dozen of 91 detainees at the facility in Cuba will be transferred to other nations. Obama said the administration will work with Congress to find a secure location on U.S. soil to hold remaining detainees though he did not identify any specific facility where the prisoners will be transferred. Speaking from the White House, Obama said the plan will save up to $1.7 billion over 20 years. He added that it's clear Gitmo "does not advance our national security, it undermines it."
The President acknowledged "the politics of this are tough." The plan drawn up by the Pentagon is sure to meet stiff resistance from the Republican-led Congress. Obama has vowed to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay since his 2008 presidential campaign. Before the President's statement, administration officials said there were 13 potential sites in the U.S. to send detainees including existing prisons in Colorado, Kansas and South Carolina.
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