Move a bunch of families to the Caribbean..... the weather is great, the sea will be fun for the kids to romp in, and we have a lot of security already in place.
Move them into Gitmo.
I understand that the vetting process to enter the USofA takes 12-18 months. That's fine. We don't want to open our borders to bad guys. But, all five branches of the United States military are stationed at Guantanamo. It's probably a safe place to harbor suspected terrorists.... since that's what it's there for.
Let's set up tents on the beaches. Let's fully stock the PX and let the refugees shop there. It's 90 miles from Key West; an easy commute for all those wonderful, good hearted, American youth who would just love to take a gap year and teach, run clubs, provide help with paperwork, translate, do research, run good deed projects with the sun beating down on their heads most of the time.
My parents went to Cuba for their honeymoon. It was close and exotic, with great weather and friendly people. It's a fine destination for those looking to do good but whose parents worry about sending them across the ocean. A motor boat ride away seems more manageable on all sides of the equation.
I'd love to visit.... and help... and not worry about hours of travel or weird diseases.
I hear my family yelping and I don't care. I can see it happening. Wouldn't some of you come for a week or two months or a semester for a specific project?
If opening the doors between our two countries signals Cuba's willingness to join the community of nations as a full participant, this might be an easy way to start. I bet there are doctors and teachers and accountants all ready and willing to start practicing their trades... and Cuba seems to need just that kind of help.
Sure, we'll vet them, and the Cubans will do the same, before they leave the compound and start mingling with the natives. But really, it's an island and the Coast Guard is there. We have all kinds of ways to insure that no one leaves one set of sunny shores for another.
It seems pretty low cost and efficient and representative of all that I think America stands for. Not walls, but open arms.... even if those arms reach to Gitmo.