The government has said it is willing to release the Uighurs to any country that will take them except the United States and China. In court papers, the government says it will not send the Uighurs -- who have faced political persecution in China -- "involuntarily" to their homeland, consistent with U.S. policy of not returning individuals when it would be "more likely than not that they will be tortured."
Krehbiel says she hopes they will be able to stay in the U.S. indefinitely, and that her organization is looking for long-term housing.
"These gentlemen would not be here if it weren't for our own government's actions," Krehbiel says. "We want to remain truthful to our humanitarian call, and help them."
"They love the United States," says George M. Clarke III, a lawyer for two of the detained Uighurs.
Clarke says the United States created the problem and now must figure out a solution as to what to do with the former detainees. "The U.S. picked them up, paid bounty hunters for them in Pakistan," he says.
"The United States caused this. They took people who did have a home and put them in Gitmo, and then they argued they wanted to leave them to rot there."