Congressman John Shadegg (R), who is from my own state of Arizona, will introduce HR 1238 in response to Obama's executive order closing Guantanamo Bay. HR 1238 will bar any Gitmo detainee from being brought into the United States. The issues at hand are myriad. There are nearly 250 detainees at Gitmo. About 60 of them are suitable for release, but their home countries won't take them because of the potential terrorist threat they represent (No, I'm not entirely sure what the government means by "suitable for release". Clearly, it doesn't mean "cleared of all suspicion".) Obama will not release them to any country which will deal with them too harshly according to his own personal standards of "harsh". The rest of the detainees, of course, will still need to be housed in some other prison. One issue is asylum. Under current US law, terrorists and suspected terrorists are not eligible for asylum. But once they are here, there is always the possibility of some judge deciding that they are no longer terrorists for whatever reason. Then there's the question of which prisons we CAN keep them at. According to Shadegg, our maximum security prisons are already full. They also are not in any way prepared to deal with the multiple added security risks imposed by terrorists. In his March 3 statement, Rep. Shadegg said: Our brave soldiers sacrificed valiantly to keep these terrorist killers away from their loved ones and ours. Now we may bring them here ourselves? That is one risk we should never take. Discuss.