Friday, May 24, 2024

Puerto Rico Opposes Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

Following California and Kansas, Puerto Rico has said that they would be opposed to becoming the new home of any Guantanamo Bay prisoners released from Cuba. This is following an executive order from President Barack Obama saying that he will close the prison on the U.S. base in Cuba within a year.

Puerto Rico’s non-voting congressional representative Pedro Pierluisi said he would be against using the island to house any detainees from the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo, Cuba.

“If I hear even the smallest rumor (that some might be sent to Puerto Rico), I will certainly say something,” said Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi during a recent press conference in San Juan.

“I am against them coming here. They should be judged in military or international courts, or sent to their native countries. But I don’t want them here.”

Although Pierluisi’s comments are adamant, as a U.S. commonwealth, Puerto Rico would not necessarily be able to overrule an Obama administration order that would bring the prisoners to Puerto Rico. Meanwhile the United States government is determining possible locations for the prisoners.