Currently, Haitian migrants are facing a fuel blockage due to the overturn of their government in late September. When lifted, the U.S. government predicts an influx of Haitians seeking safety in the United States. The Department Of Homeland Security Agencies is carefully monitoring Haiti and preparing contingency plans.
Where are Haitian Migrants Going To Be Sent?
With the anticipation of the Haitian migrant surge, the United States government is considering several options for temporary holding facilities. The United States can use temporary holding centers within its borders. However, the National Security Council and DHS are still deciding what quantity of migrants expected would warrant the use of a base in a third country, like Cuba, referred to in these circumstances as a “lily pad.”
If the third country is overwhelmed, officials have also proposed the use of the Guantanamo Bay detention center. The proposed detention center was initially opened as a prison after the 9/11 terrorist attacks leading to scrutiny from civilians. If used, the facility’s capacity would be doubled to 400 beds, separating the migrants from the facility in which terrorist prisoners are held.
The plan of action is not yet disclosed, and it is uncertain at this time the causes that may impact this decision.
Seeking Legal Guidance
The uncertainty can be overwhelming for individuals contemplating leaving their home country. If you or a loved one are a migrant impacted by this decision, it is advised you speak to a legal expert to understand your options.
At Reeves Immigration Law Group, our immigration and migration attorneys represent individuals globally to meet their individual needs. Whether you are seeking citizenship or asylum, our team will relentlessly fight to obtain the desired results. Contact us today to discuss your concerns with a migration attorney.