DENVER (AP) — Forty sheriffs in Colorado have written to the White House to oppose any plan to move detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention center to prisons in the state.
The letter sent Monday says that Colorado would be in danger if the Pentagon sends Guantanamo detainees to either of two prisons under consideration in the central part of the state.
The sheriffs say that although the prisons are capable of securing the detainees, the action would attract "sympathizers who would mount an attack ... or commit other acts of terror."
The letter includes many of Colorado's 64 sheriffs.
The Pentagon also is looking at sites in Kansas and South Carolina for its proposal to move some 53 detainees eligible for transfer. Congress would have to approve the Pentagon's plan.
This story has been corrected to show that 40 sheriffs, not 50, signed the letter.