The Biden administration was reportedly looking to set up a migrant detention facility at Guantanamo Bay as it struggles to get control of the immigration crisis.
The Department of Homeland Security posted an advertisement on Sept. 17 saying it was looking for a private contractor to operate a migrant holding facility at the military prison, according to government records.
The advertisement noted the facility would be able to hold up to 400 migrants during peak surges, and that at least 10% of the personnel would need to speak Spanish and Haitian Creole.
A DHS spokesperson has since denied that the agency plans to send migrants detained at the southern border to Guantanamo Bay.
“The Migrant Operations Center in Guantanamo Bay has been used for decades to process migrants interdicted at sea for third-country settlement,” the spokesperson said, according to Axios.
The advertisement recently posted was just a “typical, routine first step in a contract renewal, and unrelated to the Southwest Border,” the spokesperson added.
However, it is possible the Biden administration backed off its plan to expand the Guantanamo Bay migrant facility after facing pushback from leftists, who slammed the advertisement as “horrific.”
Regardless, it is clear the Biden administration is struggling to deal with the recent surge in migration.
Nearly 4,000 Haitians are still being held underneath a bridge in Del Rio, Texas in squalid conditions and extreme heat because all of the nearby migrant detention facilities are full.
Several immigration officials said the agency has taken to releasing thousands of Haitian migrants into the U.S. despite the administration’s warning that immigrants who come to the border will be turned away.
The migrants who are turned away or deported have become aggressive, according to multiple reports.
In at least two incidents this week, migrants assaulted federal law enforcement on the plane as they were being deported.
As a result, the flights had to be canceled.