WH seeks to house Haitian migrants at Guantanamo Bay: report

The Biden administration is preparing for what could be a mass exodus of Haitians, considering a plan to temporarily detain migrants in a third country or use an existing center at Guantanamo Bay, according to a report released Sunday.

The National Security Council is in talks with the Department of Homeland Security on migrant numbers that would require the United States to designate a third country to process Haitians recovered at sea.

The talks also focus on the number of migrants likely to overwhelm this country, known as “the water lily”, and demand that they be taken to the US base in Cuba, NBC News reported, citing officials and a document from planning that he reviewed.

Guantanamo’s Migrant Operations Center, which has housed migrants recovered by the US Coast Guard in the Caribbean for more than 30 years, would see its capacity doubled to 400 beds, according to the report.

The United States is reportedly considering housing Haitian migrants in a third country or in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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The center is separate from the facility that holds the terrorists.

Last month, gangs in Haiti trying to overthrow the government blocked the country’s main fuel supply terminal, cutting off fuel deliveries and dashing the hopes of people planning to leave the island by boat.

The White House predicts there could be a rush of people trying to reach the United States by boat once the blockade ends and Haitians can buy fuel, according to the report.

Meetings hosted by the National Security Council have also included the Department of Defense and the Department of State.

President Biden.
The White House thinks there could be a rush of people trying to reach the United States by boat once the blockade ends.
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The Biden administration came under heavy criticism last September when thousands of Haitians fleeing Central and South America set up a squalid makeshift camp under the international bridge in Del Rio, Texas, crushing border facilities and forcing U.S. officials to bring many migrants back to Haiti. or release them in the United States.

A spokesperson for the National Security Council said the United States is “committed to supporting the people of Haiti.”

“We recently delivered security equipment purchased by the Haitian government, including tactical and armored vehicles and supplies, which will assist the Haitian National Police in their fight against criminal actors inciting violence,” the person said. NBC.

The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already have personnel in Haiti responding to an outbreak of cholera, the spokesperson said.

Haitian migrants at a shelter in Mexico near the Texas border in May.
Haitian migrants at a shelter in Mexico near the Texas border in May.
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Haitian migrants at the refuge in Mexico in May.
Haitian migrants at the refuge in Mexico in May.
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A DHS spokesperson said the agency “continues to closely monitor the situation in Haiti and has longstanding contingency plans ready in the event of an increase in maritime migration. As we have repeatedly said, irregular sea travel in the Caribbean is always dangerous and very often fatal, and we urge individuals not to endanger their lives.

NBC reported last September that the Biden administration was announcing a new contract to operate a migrant detention center at Guantanamo, and would require some of the guards to speak Spanish and Haitian Creole.

“The service provider will be responsible for maintaining on-site the necessary equipment to erect temporary accommodation facilities for populations that exceed 120 and up to 400 migrants in the event of a surge,” the contract states.

Haitian migrants near the US border in Reynosa, Mexico in May.
Haitian migrants near the US border in Reynosa, Mexico in August.
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Haitian migrants at a shelter in Reynosa, Mexico in May.
Haitian migrants at a shelter in Reynosa, Mexico in May.
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The report says that while migrants picked up at sea were temporarily detained at the facility, records do not indicate that migrants arrested at the southern border would be transferred there.

Then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there were no plans to send Haitians hoarded on the Texas border to the Guantanamo facility.

She blamed any confusion on the timing of the announcements and said it was just one step in the contract renewal process.

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