Mar. 3 – Last week, some members of Congress expressed vehement opposition to Pres. Obama’s proposal to close Guantanamo Bay and relocate the detainees to various locations across the United States, including the Naval Consolidated Brig outside Charleston. Obama has been trying to close the detention center ever since he took office.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told press in New Hampshire that the next step of the fight is a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, of which Graham is a prominent member.
If Congress continues to fight the White House’s agenda, Pres. Obama may utilize the power of executive order in order to push the legislation through. He has done so 231 times throughout his presidency. The executive order is an implicit power granted to the president in Article II of the Constitution, which permits a “grant of executive power” to be employed by the President as the Commander in Chief of the United States.
However, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) has introduced legislation that would authorize a lawsuit against Obama in the event of an executive order. Although the legal battle still rages on in Washington, Sen. Graham assures South Carolina citizens that “not one [detainee] will go to Charleston, South Carolina.”