Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after President Obama announced his plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station:

“Closing Guantanamo protects American values and our national security.  Terrorists have been using this facility as a recruiting tool, and that will end.  Closing the Guantanamo prison will also save taxpayer dollars.  As the closure takes place, I’ll be working to ensure the detainees are transferred only to military or Supermax prisons where they will be unable to harm Americans or our allies.”

Tester toured the Detention Center at Guantanamo Bay in 2014.