Sen. Roland Burris on Monday joined other prominent Illinois Democrats in announcing his support for transferring terrorism suspects held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to a downstate prison facility.
I support the transfer of inmates from Guantánamo Bay to the Thomson Correctional Center, and I have full confidence that the facility can securely house terrorism suspects without comprising [sic] the safety of Thomson, or any part of Illinois, Burris said in a statement.
Illinois senior Sen. Dick Durbin (D) held a series of press conferences over the weekend with Gov. Pat Quinn (D) trumpeting the Obama administrations plan to transfer and prosecute 9/11 suspects in the United States. Both Democrats maintained that moving Guantánamo inmates to the hard-hit southern region of Illinois would bring jobs and help the economy.
Burris echoed that sentiment Monday, noting, If this proposal was approved, Illinois would be in the position to receive federal funds and to create thousands of much needed jobs during this dire economic time.
Burris has announced he will not run to retain his seat next year. He was appointed by indicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) to fill Obamas Senate seat.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.