How should Cayman handle Cuban migrants?

As of Monday, Feb. 15, Cayman was sheltering in the Fairbank’s detention center 134 Cuban migrants. The Cayman Islands government has spent $870,000 since the July 1 start of this fiscal year to maintain the illegal immigrants – and would appear to be on course to spend at least $1 million before the fiscal year ends.

Is this acceptable? What alternatives exist for Cubans fleeing economic and/or political oppression and arriving on our shores?

Should Cayman accept Cubans? Should Cayman detain them? For how long? Should Cayman repatriate them? At whose cost? Should Cayman ensure Cuban migrants are safe, but send them onward to a third country?

Might Cayman profit from the experience of other countries which have faced similar problems?


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