Gitmo Tagged for Cuban Refugees
Navy plans to prevent post-Castro Cuban exodus
By Mike Wu,  Newser User
Posted Mar 6, 2007 11:01 AM CST

(Newser) – Anticipating that Fidel Castro's death will prompt thousands of Cubans to attempt to join their expatriate countrymen in South Florida, U.S. authorities are making space for them—in Cuba. The Miami Herald reports that the DOD has budgeted $18 million to expand its base at Guantanamo Bay to handle a wave of Cuban refugees they hope to intercept at sea--before they set foot on U.S. soil.

Authorities are prepping for another massive boat-lift—an expert at the University of Miami predicted as many as 500,000—abetted by the Cuban community in Miami. Under the current "wet foot/dry foot" policy, refugees who make it to American soil are allowed to remain, while those captured at sea are usually returned.