The Obama administration announced today that it will move detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the correctional facility at Thomson, Ill.
"The administration plans to expand the security perimeter of the facility, make it the most secure in the country and hold U.S. military commission trials inside its walls," Reuters reports. "The move is part of Obama's struggle to fulfill a campaign pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, U.S. naval detention camp prison, which was opened in 2002 after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to house foreign terrorism suspects."
Supporters of the plan have come from across the political spectrum, though there were vociferous criticisms lobbed upon the administration's announcement. Among those eager to have the facility house Guantanamo detainees are residents of Thomson. "The move is expected to bring about 3,000 new jobs to ... a region afflicted by high unemployment," reports The Guardian.