The town of Hardin, Mont., wants to fill its new $27 million prison and provide jobs for its 3,400 residents. Its proposed solution: take on the prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
President Obama announced the closing of the controversial detention center as one of his first presidential acts. This has raised questions as to where the prisoners there will go.
The Hardin city council voted 5-0 last month in support of a proposal to brings the prisoners to the Two Rivers Regional Correctional Facility, according to CNN.
The state of the art prison was opened in 2007, but has yet to hold a single prisoner. Employees hired to work there have since been laid off.
Despite the town’s enthusiasm, their congressional representatives are less optimistic.
“Housing potential terrorists in Montana is not good for our state,” Max Baucus, the state’s senior Democratic senator, wrote. “These people stop at nothing. Their primary goal in life, and death, is to destroy America.”
Two Rivers is a 464-bed facility. There are currently approximately 245 detainees at Gauntanamo, many of whom have not officially been given criminal charges.