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Kansas AG Sends Joint Letter Urging Trump To Keep Guantanamo Open

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The prison at Fort Leavenworth.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt joined counterparts in two other states Tuesday to ask president-elect Donald Trump to help them block detainee transfers from the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Schmidt and the attorneys-general from Colorado and South Carolina sent a letter to Trump asking him to work with President Obama on the issue. In the letter, they ask Trump to make sure the "outgoing administration will not seek to close Guantanamo or transfer any current detainees to our homeland."

They also ask Trump to support their position that the facility should remain open.

Read the full letter here.

Fort Leavenworth in Kansas has been identified as a potential site to house suspects if Guantanamo is closed. Kansas officials strongly oppose moving detainees to the state because of "security concerns." Sites in Colorado and South Carolina are also being considered.

Obama signed an executive order in 2009 calling for Guantanamo's closure, but a recent report said his administration won't use an executive order to close the detention facility.


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