I understand the concern about a potential wave of Haitian refugees, but someone at the State Department needs to construct a new contingency plan:
United States officials say they worry that in the coming weeks, worsening conditions in Haiti could spur an exodus. They have not only started a campaign to persuade Haitians to stay put, but they are also laying plans to scoop up any boats carrying illegal immigrants and send them to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
We've taken a significant hit for imprisoning suspected terrorists at Guantánamo, which has become a rallying point for anti-American sentiment around the world. Given that context, locking up desperate Haitian refugees there seems like a pretty stupid public relations move.