While President Trump was going ballistic over a migrant caravan heading toward the United States, the State Department was signing a $1 million contract to care for and resettle migrants at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo, Cuba.
On Sept. 23, records show, the State Department agreed to pay the International Organization for Migration $1,068,560 “for the care and resettlement of migrants protected at the United States Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay” from Sept. 30, 2018, to Sept. 29, 2019.
A program description listed with the award details says the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, or PRM, “has provided assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in Colombia and neighboring countries” since 2000.
The description states:
The PRM’s assistance strategy in Colombia includes ensuring adequate protection for vulnerable IDPs, filling gaps in the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance, and building local government and community capacity to meet the needs of IDPs. In Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama and Costa Rica, PRM programs provide direct emergency humanitarian assistance such as food, non-food, shelter, health, and psychosocial support to IDPs, refugees, and other vulnerable populations, including indigenous persons, Afro-Colombians, women, and children. PRM programs also support capacity-building activities with local governments, IDP and refugee associations, and civil society to improve the quality of assistance and services for IDPs and refugees.
I haven’t read anything about the U.S. processing Colombian refugees at Guantánamo. The record may be inaccurate. Then again, maybe not.
USAID Administrator Mark Green went to Miami in July and met with Admiral Kurt Tidd, Commander of U.S. Southern Command. An agency press release said they had planned to talk about “collaboration between USAID and the U.S. Department of Defense to address development and humanitarian challenges in the Western Hemisphere.”
The International Organization for Migration is based in Switzerland. The State Department has paid the group $11,027,044 from 2010 to 2018 for care of migrants at Guantánmo, records show. See graphic.
Since 2007, the State Department has paid the organization a total of $40,209,617 for refugee resettlement throughout the world.