Puerto Rico Refuses to House GITMO Detainees

President Obama made it abundantly clear that one of the top priorities of his administration would be closing Guantanamo Bay and ending torture on the part of the United States. But in order for the controversial detention center to be closed in a year, as per the President's orders, other countries will have to step up and help in absorbing some of the 245 prisoners still being held at Guantanamo. The US has asked other countries to take detainees whom it does not intend to put on trial, and who cannot be sent home for fear they might be mistreated.

Portugal told the US that it would offer asylum to some inmates, and urged other EU members to step up to the plate and assist the American effort. But the European Union has made no firm commitments to accept detainees.

Puerto Rico is only about three hundred miles from Guantanamo, but crime is currently skyrocketing on the island and newly elected Governor Luis Fortuño is a John McCain supporting, statehood supporting Republican. A spokeswoman for Fortuño, Michelle Cuevas, said that he would oppose any proposal to hold detainees in the U.S. island territory, adding the commonwealth to a growing list of places in the U.S. opposed to housing any Guantanamo Bay prisoners, such as California and Kansas.