Compromise Deal to let Guantánamo Detainees Enter US for Trials

October 8, 2009

(ChattahBox)—In a move that would help the Obama administration inch forward towards its goal of closing Guantánamo Bay, Congressional leaders agreed to a compromise deal to allow the transfer of detainees into the U.S. for trial. Previous restrictions remain in place however, banning the release of detainees into the United States, forcing President Obama to find foreign countries willing to accept the prisoners.

According to the New York Times, the compromise deal was reached during a committee hearing of House and Senate leaders. The agreement will be attached to Homeland Security’s $42.8 billion spending bill and would still require a vote by both the House and the Senate.

The bill retains previous restrictions of banning the release of detainees in the United States and imposes advance notification requirments on the White House to inform Congress when a detainee is transferred to another country.

Several new conditions were included in the agreement, such as placing detainees on government no-fly lists and banning immigration benefits.

The compromise agreement is unclear on whether detainees would serve prison sentences in the U.S. or be permitted to be detained indefinitely in U.S. prisons.

As the White House struggles to find places for detainees in U.S. prisons, administration officials admitted recently that President Obama’s self-imposed Jan. 22 deadline to close Guantánamo Bay would not be met.


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