This file photo taken on April 28, 2007 shows a guard yelling down from a guard tower at Camp #4 at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba. / AFP / AFP FILES / PAUL J. RICHARDS
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President Barack Obama launched a final push on Tuesday to persuade Congress to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but lawmakers, opposed to rehousing detainees in the United States, declared his plan a non-starter.Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, said Obama had yet to convince Americans that moving the prisoners to the United States was smart or safe.Obama is considering taking unilateral executive action to close the facility, situated in a U.S. naval station in southeast Cuba, if Congress does not vote to allow transfers to the United States.The prison, which Obama said once held nearly 800 detainees, now houses 91 detainees.Congress has banned such transfers to the United States since 2011 .
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