2021-09-26 by Daisy I.
United States authorities reject strategies to send out Haiti migrants to Guantanamo Bay
United States authorities have stated the Biden administration has no strategies to send out Haitian refugees to Guantanamo Bay after media reports stated the United States federal government was preparing to resume a migrant detention center at the marine base in Cuba.
The declarations by United States authorities on Thursday came following the media protection on the ad from recently, searching for a brand-new professional to run the migrant and refugee center on the United States marine base, which likewise houses lots of staying detainees apprehended as part of the so-called “war on terror”.
The lesser-known migrants center as soon as held countless Haitian refugees in the early 1990s however has actually not been utilized to hold refugees over the last few years, though the United States federal government has actually continued to keep it.
The news of the reported resuming of the center drew speedy criticism from the progressive political leaders in the governing Democratic Party, with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling the strategy “utterly shameful” while fellow progressive Representative Ilhan Omar stated it was an “embarrassingly bad decision”.
President Joe Biden throughout his project had actually assured a humane migration policy. He had actually knocked his predecessor Donald Trump’s hardline policy. “It’s about xenophobia,” he had actually stated.
Rights groups have actually slammed the Biden administration for the mass expulsion of Haitian migrants and asylum hunters camping in the United States state of Texas, a number of whom deal with danger to their lives back house.
More than 12,000 primarily Haitian migrants have actually been camped under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas after crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico.
‘Never been a plan’
Asked whether any Haitian migrants and asylum hunters would be sent out to Guantanamo migrant center, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki informed press reporters: “There’s never been a plan to do that.”
“I think there was some confusion related to the Migrant Operations Center, which has been used for decades to process migrants interdicted at sea for third-country resettlement.”
The MOC has actually been utilized for years to process migrants interdicted at sea for third-country resettlement. The ask for info (RFI just recently published is a normal, regular initial step in agreement renewal, and unassociated to the Southwest Border.
A quote solicitation from the Department of Homeland Security recently that asked personal business to use to run the refugee and migrant center was a “typical, routine first step in a contract renewal, and unrelated to the Southwest Border,” tweeted Marsha Espinosa, Department of Homeland Security assistant secretary of public affairs.
The quote demand triggered “confusion because of the timing”, Psaki stated. The Biden administration has actually been dealing with the arrival of Haitians to a makeshift camp at the border. It has actually currently deported thousands and taken others into custody.
Earlier today, the United States migration authorities introduced an examination after images emerged of installed United States border guards appearing to utilize horse reins to threaten migrants camped along the Texas-Mexico border.
The tender released by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE bureau stated the Guantanamo center would have “an estimated daily population of 20 people” however that the company need to be prepared to “erect temporary housing facilities for populations that exceed 120 and up to 400 migrants in a surge event”.
It likewise needs that “at least 10 percent of the augmented personnel must be fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole”.