Attorneys general of the states targeted by the Obama administration to house enemy detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay have banded to together to warn the White House that such actions would be illegal.
That would include Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Before Gov. Hickenlooper gets his panties in a wad and rushes to the Supreme Court to challenge Coffman’s authority to write a letter to the president of the United States, he should hear what Obama’s own attorney general had to say on the matter:
“With respect to individuals being transferred to the United States, the law currently does not allow that,” said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Coffman concurs with Lynch, and in the AG’s letter to Obama, they strongly suggest he decide otherwise.
“Your proposed action denigrates the Constitution and defies the rule of law. It disrupts domestic tranquility and therefore the general welfare of the states.”
And then there’s the threat:
“We will continue to work with our colleagues and federal partners to explore all legal options available to ensure the safety and security of our citizens and to enforce the rule of law. Your plan to move Guantanamo detainees to our states not only will do great harm to the Constitution but threatens the safety of our citizens as well.”
Hickenlooper has draped the welcome mat for Syrian refugees around Colorado’s border, and has had little to say about the transfer of Gitmo terrorists, except to wring his hands and mumble about how much it might cost.
We don’t expect to hear from Hick on the matter again until after the transfer is done, and he goes charging back to the state’s Supreme Court to block Coffman from challenging the White House decision.