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US Considers Using Guantanamo Bay to Host Haitian Migrants – CNN

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People fleeing violent unrest on the island could be processed at a notorious military facility, the server said

The US could use the notorious Guantanamo Bay military facility in Cuba to process migrants fleeing violence in Haiti, CNN reported, citing an unnamed US official.

Washington is preparing for a mass migration from the island nation, according to intelligence reports. Haiti, which is just over 300 km from the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, has seen increasing violence in recent months.

Its capital, Port-au-Prince, was seized by armed criminal gangs, prompting the resignation of Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Tuesday.

The Guantánamo Bay facility is home to a US military prison for terrorism suspects, opened by the Bush administration after the attacks of September 11, 2001. There are many reports and testimonies of prisoner abuse, while Amnesty International has described the camp as “a symbol of torture, rendition and indefinite detention without charge or trial”.

The naval base also has a migration operations center that houses migrants captured by the Coast Guard in the Caribbean. The facility is not part of the prison.

President Joe Biden’s administration is considering plans to expand the capacity of a migrant center in anticipation of a possible wave of migrants from Haiti, CNN reported.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is monitoring the situation on the island, according to the broadcaster. “Irregular migration flows” in the Caribbean currently remain low, a DHS spokesperson told CNN. The US is returning or repatriating migrants detained at sea to the Bahamas, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the spokesman added.

The United States has seen an increase in immigration rates, particularly from its southern border. In December, more than 225,000 migrants attempted to cross the border from Mexico, the highest monthly total since 2000, CNN noted.

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