Back to Guantánamo

Listen now | For the Biden administration, the arrival of thousands of Haitian immigrants on the southern border has been a telling moment. An even more dire response was hinted at last week by NBC News: an ad by the Department of Homeland Security for a “new contract to operate a migrant detention facility at the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, with a requirement that some of the guards speak Spanish and Haitian Creole.” The revelation horrified many Americans, who associate Guantánamo with the worst abuses of the Forever Wars. To Haitians, it brought back an even older memory: of the original Gitmo detention camps, built in the early 1990s to house an earlier group of Haitian refugees.

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