South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has joined a number of Republican lawmakers opposing a proposal to move some or all detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the state.
The Defense Department is currently evaluating two possible sites as new homes for the detainees. One is Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, currently home to the only maximum security prison in the U.S. military. The other site is a Navy prison outside Charleston, South Carolina. At a press conference, Haley said it is time for the state to make it clear, "that we are not going to allow any terrorist to come into South Carolina. We are not going to allow that kind of threat. We’re not going to allow that kind of character to come in, we are not going to allow anything like that."
Haley joins the state’s two U.S. Senators and Congressman Mark Sanford in opposing the move. In a letter Wednesday, Sanford claims the evaluations violate a Congressional law regarding the detainees.