The Pentagon is planning to send a proposal to Congress on Tuesday that outlines how the US could close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba and move all of its remaining detainees.
House and Senate Republicans are not expected to approve a plan, however, the defense agency must fulfill an obligation created by Congress for President Obama. That obligation requires the Pentagon to file a plan and move for action.
Defense officials have surveyed sites throughout the United States and are expected to announce various facilities where the US government could send 46 detainees who are currently housed at Guantanamo Bay.
Along with 46 high-priority detainees, there are an additional 10 individuals who have been charged or convicted by military commissions. 35 additional detainees have been awaiting transfer to other countries since the George W. Bush administration.
The Pentagon has been examining military and federal prisons in South Carolina, Kansas, and Colorado. The military agency is expected to suggest 13 different sites for housing the remaining prisoners.
The agency is not expected to pick one facility over another, but rather make suggestions for their potential use.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that the Pentagon report “will make a compelling case that closing the prison is clearly in our national security interest, but also will reflect the need for the United States government to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars.”