A Guantanamo Bay-type facility could be established in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the state's former governor, John Engler (R), suggested this week.

Engler, who now leads the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), told state Republican lawmakers to consider the idea during a strategy session in Lansing, Mich., the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday.

The location of terrorist detainees has become a controversial issue in recent months after President Obama announced the closure of the Cuban naval prison shortly after taking office. Republicans have criticized the administration's plans since then as having lacked detail in how it will next proceed.

According to the Free Press, the proposal found some receptiveness from Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who represents the entirety of Northern Michigan and some parts of the lower peninsula in Congress.