Apparently the prisoners have discovered a little-known loophole in US immigration law that allows those detained on US soil against their will to apply for immediate citizenship provided they are not within the borders of one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia.
The laws were originally meant to guarantee civil rights protection for those arrested and held captive in US territories where local laws lacked certain Constitutional protections for the accused, such as Guam and Laos. A Congressional researcher contacted for this story notes that the law has been in place since late in Nixon's administration.
"This is outrageous!", cried a visibly upset Senator Patrick Leahy (D - VT) upon being informed of the developing situation, "How could this thing still be on the books?"
Patricia Wenkle of the ACLU announced that she would be handling the detainee's cases. "The law is there", she says, "and it is our duty to ensure that the law is upheld regardless of the current political environment."