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U.S. Prepares Guantanamo Bay For Possible Influx of Haitians
U.S. prepares Guantanamo Bay for possible influx of Haitians
By Laurie Ure | CNN
The U.S. military is gearing up for a possible influx of Haitians fleeing their earthquake-stricken country at an Army facility not widely known for its humanitarian missions: Guantanamo Bay.
Soldiers at the base have set up tents, beds and toilets, awaiting possible orders from the secretary of defense to proceed, according to Maj. Diana Haynie, a spokeswoman for Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay.
"There's no indication of any mass migration from Haiti," Haynie stressed. "We have not been told to conduct migrant operations."
But the base is getting ready "as a prudent measure," Haynie said, since "it takes some time to set things up."...
In addition, Gen. Douglas Fraser, commander of U.S. Southern Command, said the Navy has set up a "logistics field," an area to support bigger ships in the region. The military can now use that as a "lily pad" to fly supplies from ships docked at Guantanamo over to Haiti, he said.
"Guantanamo Bay proves its value as a strategic hub for the movement of supplies and personnel to the affected areas in Haiti," Haynie said. Read more.