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HARDIN, Montana (CNN) -- The tiny town of Hardin, Montana, is offering an answer to a very thorny question: Where should the nation put terror detainees if the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is shut down by the end of the year as President Obama has pledged?
Hardin, population 3,400, sits in the southeast corner of Montana, in the state's poorest county. Its small downtown is almost deserted at midday. The Dollar Store is going out of business. The Hardin Mini Mall is already shut. The town needs jobs -- and fast.
Hardin borrowed $27 million through bonds to build the Two Rivers Regional Correctional Facility in hopes of creating new employment opportunities. The jail was ready for prisoners two years ago, but has yet to house a single prisoner.
People here say politics in the capital of Helena has kept it empty. But the city council last month voted 5-0 to back a proposal to bring Gitmo detainees -- some of the most hardened terrorists in the world -- to the facility.
Originally posted by PammyK
Good for them! I back any American 100% that is coming up with ideas of how to save their towns. If I lived there, and the housing of the prisioners indeed took place, I wouldn't give the Press the time of day! I would have a job and the means to feed my family and in the end that is all that matters. This may not set well with everybody here, but it is the law of nature.
Originally posted by octotom
Didn't Congress pass a bill saying that the detainees wouldn't be housed on US soil? It'll be interesting to see how this'll work out.
Originally posted by xxpigxx
Plus it is Montana . . . someone escapes, they will be shot on sight!
I kid . . . kind of
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"All of the senators are running for the hills, and all of the representatives. So we really are nowhere except we've got a town that says, 'We have the place and we have the will.' "