The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to allow Guantanamo Bay detainees to be brought for trial to the U.S. despite misgivings expressed by many lawmakers, especially Republicans.
The measure was part of the Homeland Security appropriations bill for the new fiscal year and has prompted Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to declare he will introduce a proposal aimed at preventing prisoners suspected of involvement in the 9/11 attacks from being tried in the U.S., according to Reuters.
Many of the opponents of bringing the detainees onto U.S. soil have said it could invite further terrorist attacks and would offer legal protections to those who do not deserve them.
Media reports suggest the measure is a step towards fulfilling the promise made by President Obama to close the facility that has come under fire from human and civil rights advocates for the alleged use of torture during interrogations and for holding prisoners for years without charges.
The bill will have to pass the Senate before being sent to President Obama for signature.