Just days after Senator Marco Rubio (R) slammed Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) for voting in favor of legislation to fund the release of imprisoned Islamic terrorists on Guantanamo Bay, Rubio introduce the Keep Terrorists Off the Battlefield Act.Rubio’s bill would “ban” President Obama and his administration from releasing hardened terrorists from GITMO and closing the base, as the president has vowed to do.
While Republicans have pointed to all of the Obama-released detainees that have rejoined their jihad after returning home, it is fair to mention that 113 Islamists were released under President George W. Bush’s watch.
According to Rubio’s office, the bill stops “President Obama from potentially exploiting loopholes in current law, transferring custody of detainees from the Department of Defense to another federal department or agency, and bringing them to U.S. soil.”
The bill also “states that it is the sense of the Congress” that those terrorists released, who rejoin the fight, should be hunted down, recaptured, and sent back to GITMO.
“The safety and security of the American people should come first, before any of President Obama’s naïve and unrealistic campaign promises…We know about 30 percent of the terrorists set free from Gitmo have returned to the fight with the goal of killing more Americans, including our men and women in uniform. We also know the detainees still at Gitmo are considered the worst of the worst, and yet the Administration and its misguided allies in Congress want to give them the opportunity to join groups like ISIS and al Qaeda…”- Sen. Marco Rubio