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Haitian Refugee Problem #257827

CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 14, 1978
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(Studio) Report is on problems of many Haitians trying to get into US.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Miami, Florida) Longstanding attempts of Haitians to get into United States to escape President Jean-Claude Duvalier's government detailed. [Acting Immigration and Naturalization district director Sidney MAJURE - thinks most Haitians are making self-serving declarations that can't be proved.] State Department policy that such people aren't refugees and not entitled to political asylum and challenges to this by attys. for Haitians noted. [Haitian Refugee Center attorney Neal SONNETT - says people don't brave 900 mile of hazardous sea just to make few extra dollars a day.] Recent shift in United States policy to allow immigrants a day in court before immigration judge and granting of work permits documented. Controversy over whether softening of immigration policy would produce flood of impoverished refugees to US noted. [MAJURE - thinks Florida might sink into ocean if immigration laws softened.] [SONNETT - quotes statement on Statue of Liberty. Says there shouldn't be situation where some oppressed refugees admitted and others not.] United States welcome for refugees from Communist Cuba for years and controversy over this as opposed to policy with regard to Haitians outlined.
REPORTER: David Dick

Dean, Morton;
Dick, David

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