Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today introduced the Guantanamo Bay Recidivism Prevention Act, the companion bill to legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Cotton (AR). DeSantis, a Naval Reserve Officer and former military prosecutor, served at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center during his active duty service.

“President Obama continues to put our nation–s security at risk by releasing terrorists from Guantanamo Bay,”? DeSantis said. “A recent report has revealed that nearly 30% of released detainees return to jihad. This is the dangerous, but foreseeable, outcome of the administration–s policy.  Congress must take action to protect the homeland and prevent recidivism by holding detainee-receiving nations accountable."

This legislation aims to reduce recidivism by prohibiting foreign assistance if a country received a detainee from the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay on or after February 1, 2015, and the detainee subsequently appeared on the administration–s detainee recidivist report (as defined by Section 319 of Public Law 111 ’ 32).

“The detainees at Guantanamo Bay are hardened terrorists and their release puts U.S. lives and our national-security interests at risk,”? said Cotton. “Congressman DeSantis and I are committed to ensuring Congress does everything in its power to stop recidivism.”?