Biden seeks contractor to run migrant detention facility for up to 400 at Guantanamo Bay and wants guards who speak Haitian Creole: AOC calls it ‘utterly shameful’
- President Joe Biden seeks private contractors to run migrant detention center at US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
- The facility is intended to house up to 120 people, but immigration and customs enforcement hopes it can temporarily house 400 people at a time
- “Utterly embarrassing,” tweeted progressive Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
- ‘At least 10% of the expanded workforce must be fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole,’ read the opportunity originally posted Sept. 17
- This is likely in response to the massive influx of 15,000 mostly Haitian migrants to Del Rio, Texas this month
The Biden administration is seeking a private contractor to operate a little-known migrant detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that can temporarily house up to 400 illegal immigrants.
The government’s contract opportunity reveals that a minimum of “10% of reinforced personnel must be fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole” – indicating they plan to send some of the massive influx of Haitian migrants to the US naval base on the island.
Upon hearing news of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contract request, Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was furious.
“Utterly embarrassing,” she snapped on Twitter.
Progressive lashed out at footage surfacing over the weekend of border police officers and mounted officers using whips to deter a huge group of migrants gathered on the US side of the border with Mexico.
The footage was labeled “inhumane” and “horrific,” despite Texas Border Patrol agents vehemently denying that they flogged migrants.
President Joe Biden’s administration is seeking private contractors to run a migrant detention center in Guantanamo Bay — a facility intended for 120 people that it hopes will temporarily house 400 people
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called the move ‘utterly embarrassing’
The migrant detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has a capacity of 120 people, but the government document requests that the site maintain the equipment to house up to 400 people.
According to the document, the facility will “have an estimated daily population of 20 people, but the service provider is responsible for maintaining the necessary equipment on site to build temporary housing facilities for populations of more than 120 and up to 400 migrants in a wave motion.” event.’
The opportunity was first posted on Sept. 17 — days before news broke that a massive, mostly Haitian, migrant camp is surfacing near the Del Rio International Bridge over the course of three weeks.
At its peak, nearly 15,000 migrants have set up makeshift camp in the city of Texas. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the number had dwindled to “well below 10,000” on Tuesday.
The drop comes amid a massive deportation effort by the DHS to finally address the growing crisis on the southern border. Relocation flights started Sunday from the US to the homeland of the migrants.
This caused thousands of mostly Haitian migrants to start returning to Mexico from the Del Rio encampment to avoid deportation to Haiti.
As DHS is looking for people who speak Haitian Creole to be stationed at the Guantanamo Bay migrant detention center, it appears that the government may be willing to send some of the group of Haitian nationals there.
The contract opportunity says they must provide tents, cots, the ability to set them up with little notice, and a staff of at least 50 people who meet the job classification requirements of an unarmed security guard.
Guantanamo Bay, commonly referred to as Gitmo, is most famous for its prison facility for known or suspected terrorists. Taliban and al-Qaeda detainees are photographed in Gitmo in a waiting area on Jan. 11 before undergoing a physical examination
An aerial view of migrants, many from Haiti, can be seen Wednesday at an encampment along the Del Rio International Bridge
This is the government’s latest effort to mitigate the migration crisis on the southern border, especially in the ever-changing and fluctuating landscape.
All employees for this contract must be able to be deployed on site ‘within 24 hours of notification’.
Gitmo, as the US Naval Base in Cuba is commonly called, is best known for its capture of Middle Eastern-based terrorists who posed a threat to US national security.
Known for indefinite detention without trial, the camp was established in January 2002 by President George W. Bush’s administration during the War on Terror following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Of the 780 people detained there since then, 731 have been transferred elsewhere, 39 remain there and 9 died while in custody.