LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — President Obama's plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay has drawn mixed reactions from people in the area of Leavenworth, where a military prison may some day house Guantanamo detainees.
Obama says the detention center is counterproductive in the fight against terrorism because it's used as propaganda to recruit terrorists and drains military resources.
The White House released Obama's plan to close the facility on Tuesday, but the plan faces stiff opposition from the GOP-led Congress.
The plan calls for transferring remaining detainees to the United States and seeks up to $475 million in construction costs that would ultimately be offset by as much as $180 million per year in operating cost savings. It does not specify where in the U.S. the detainees would go.
But the military prison in Leavenworth is an option, and that possibility drew mixed reactions from folks in the area.
"If they're brought on to U.S. soil, there are many implications that they are then allowed rights that many U.S. citizens are allowed and they are not United States citizens," Storm Savage said at Ft. Leavenworth.
The president's plan does not name Leavenworth as a site for detainees, but Senator Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, said he would block any attempt to transfer detainees to the U.S.
Read the full plan here.