Gov. Nikki Haley says she opposes moving Gitmo detainees to SC

Gov. Nikki Haley says she opposes moving Gitmo detainees to SC
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gov. Nikki Haley's office says any plan to move the 116 detainees from Guantanamo Bay to South Carolina would be a "waste of time."

The governor held a 1 p.m. news conference to announce her opposition to the federal government's plan to look at the Naval Brig in Charleston as an option to bring Gitmo detainees stateside.

"This is a violation of federal law," Haley said.

President Barack Obama has sought closing the controversial holding center for alleged terrorists since he came into office in 2008. He also campaigned on closing the center, but has come up against opposition by lawmakers.

It's 2015, and the base in Cuba remains open.

Haley blasted the President, and said he's still operating on a campaign promise and putting the nation's safety second.

"We're talking about terrorists here, so without question we are not going to allow South Carolina to be a magnet for terrorists to come here," Haley said. "So, it's a great concern and the reason it's a great concern is I've seen the president skirt the law before. I've seen him push us into a corner where it's really not legal and he does it anyway."

Among those detainees is Khalid Sheihk Muhammed, the so-called "architect of 9/11."

But Haley isn't alone in her stance. Sen. Tim Scott has also been vocal on social media against the move.

"This is a president who has skirted the law multiple times," Haley said.

Haley also referenced the federal government's decision to take in thousands of undocumented children at the border including some that were brought to South Carolina.

Charleston's Consolidated Naval Brig is one of two locations listed as possible relocation site. The other site is Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas. WIS attempted to contacted the White House for a response but was referred to Navy Commander Gary Ross.

At this time, according to Ross, no decision on relocation has been made yet. Ross also pointed out that there is still a "broad list" of facilities for consideration.

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