President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed to "once and for all" close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer remaining detainees to a facility in the U.S., though his plan does not specify where.
In nationally televised comments from the White House, Obama said he is submitting his plan to Congress.
"In this fight, we learn and we work to constantly improve. When we find something that works, we keep on doing it. When it becomes clear that something is not working as intended, ... we have to change course," Obama said. "For many years, it has been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security. It undermines it."
U.S. officials have said the plan to shut down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer the remaining terrorist suspects to a facility in the United States calls for up to $475 million in construction costs. But they say it would save as much as $180 million per year in operating costs.