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Obama: Welfare for Freed Gitmo Detainees?

During his news conference, Dennis Blair also said the Obama administration is still wrestling with what to do with the remaining 240 detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, which the president has ordered closed.
Some of the detainees, deemed non-threatening, may be RELEASED into the United States as free men, Blair confirmed.
That would happen when they can't be returned to their home countries, because the governments either won't take them or the U.S. fears they will be abused or tortured. That is the case with 17 Uighurs (WEE'-gurz), Chinese Muslim separatists who were cleared for release from the jail long ago. The U.S. can't find a country willing to take them, and it will not turn them over to China.
Blair said the former prisoners would have [to] get some sort of assistance to start their new lives in the United States.
“We can't put them out on the street,” he said.

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 8:42 AM on Mar. 27, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:43 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • Does this mean that the Obama administration is planning on giving some freed Guantanamo detainees Federal Assistance stipends if they come to the US?

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:45 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • This is some bullishtery.
    LadyChamp

    Answer by LadyChamp at 9:07 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • So we don't know jet would they be sent to U.S or not. So when U.S would be the only country who will take them we need to help them not just let them run free.
    Were is your proof that President plans to give them free help?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:14 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • slap     That's about all I have to say about that. 

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:18 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • . Were is your proof that President plans to give them free help?


    Blair said the former prisoners would have [to] get some sort of assistance to start their new lives in the United States.
    “We can't put them out on the street,” he said.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:28 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • Its not unbelievable when you understand that freeing terrorists means their own countries dont want them, so yeah, lets make them all legal and give them AFDC and Food stamps and while were at it, lets get them jobs at fertilizer plants, fiber optic companies, clock making facilities, and dymanite plants.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 9:30 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • Where is the proof. I hope this isn't true. I really do.
    LadyChamp

    Answer by LadyChamp at 9:34 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • I think they should be treated like any other prisoner. You can help them to find a place to live, you can help them find a job, but they should not get help as in welfare.
    lady-J-Rock

    Answer by lady-J-Rock at 9:43 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

  • ugh Gem.
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 9:44 AM on Mar. 27, 2009

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