Lawmakers get an earful from would-be neighbors of Gitmo prisoners

People who live and work near the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., fear becoming a target for terrorists if detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are moved there, a local House member said Friday after a town hall meeting with constituents.

"It surely was a bipartisan choir today — they all believe the president is misguided," Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., told the Washington Examiner. "What we want to prevent is waking up one morning and having the detainees on American soil."

The annual defense policy law President Obama signed last month contains a provision that would effectively bar him from closing the prison in Cuba and moving the 107 remaining detainees unless Congress approves a plan to do so. Still, many Republicans fear the president will use executive action to close the prison.

"We passed a law and he signed it. He said he wouldn't do it," said Jenkins, who sponsored the town hall jointly with fellow Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo. "The problem is we have watched this president ignore the law before."