Trump made the announcement during his State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress late on January 30.
The United States may transfer new detainees to the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba if needed, according to the executive order signed by Trump.
Hundreds were transferred to sites in the US or sent to their home countries under President Barack Obama, who failed to close the prison after facing opposition in Congress.More news: Military Academy In Kabul Under Attack
Trump's planned executive order, first reported by POLITICO, would rescind a prior order issued by Obama.
Trump on the campaign trail vowed to revitalize the prison, which supporters ruefully say has become a geriatric facility for aging terrorists - alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has been held there since 2006, for example.
In order to hold a prisoner as an enemy combatant, the government must be able to prove that the detainee is a fighter for an enemy force with whom the U.S.is in a state of armed conflict.
Last year, Sessions described Guantanamo as "a very fine place, " adding that he would direct future enemy combatants to the Cuban detention center rather than attempt to prosecute them in federal court.More news: Fire drills carried out in Taiwan due to invasion risk from China
"I don't think signing a new executive order changes very much", Wolosky said. Bush voluntarily transferred more than 500 detainees out of the facility after 2002; Obama transferred an additional 182 during his time in office.
Although many prisoners were released from Guantanamo under Obama, he was unable to make good on the pledge to close it altogether, due to concerns over the fate of some prisoners deemed too risky for either being freed or moved to US soil. European allies, Muslim leaders and other critics have been vehemently opposed to how detainees have been held at Guantanamo for decades without charge and argue that militant groups have used the controversial lockup as a recruiting tool.
"In trying to give new life to a prison that symbolizes America's descent into torture and unlawful indefinite detention, Trump will not make this country any safer", said Hina Shamsi, a director at the American Civil Liberties Union.More news: Officer Who Pushed False Hawaii Missile Alert Believed It Was Real
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