President Obama proposes to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Nicholas Morea

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Preceding his visit to Cuba in March, President Barack Obama annouced his plan to shut down the prison in Guantanamo Bay on Feb. 23.

Currently a financial argument is being made to to close the detention center. According to U.S. officials, a new facility on U.S. soil would cost between $265 million and $305 million a year; whereas, the operating cost of Guantanamo is $445 million a year.

Even though, the U.S. administration is prohibited by law to move detainees to the U.S, the White House has not ruled out the possibility of Obama using executive action to close the prison down.

Of the 91 detainees currently in Guantanamo, 35 are expected to be transferred out this summer.

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