White House: No plan to house Texas border kids at Guantánamo

 

crosenberg@MiamiHerald.com

The Obama administration has no plans to use its pop-up tent city for Caribbean migrants at Guantánamo to help ameliorate the Texas border crisis of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Central America.

In 2007, the Bush White House invested more than $17 million building an infrastructure to shelter 10,000 migrants on the Leeward side of the remote U.S. Navy base in Cuba — a ferry ride away from the Windward side where in the 1990s, before the war-on-terror prison was built, the Pentagon had a 60,000-migrant capacity.

Texas-based U.S. Army South, a subsidiary of the Pentagon’s Southern Command, periodically runs exercises on how the Department of Homeland Security would handle a migrant surge operation at Guantánamo.

But Monday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Shawn Turner said in response to a query from the Miami Herald that using Guantánamo is not a possibility.

“The administration is not considering using Guantánamo Bay facilities to house the influx of migrant children coming across the border in the lower Rio Grande Valley,” he said.

The Associated Press reported Monday that more than 57,000 children and other migrants have crossed the border since October, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg tweets @carolrosenberg

Read more Guantánamo stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category