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Guatemalan Refugees / Vermont Sanctuary #296032

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Mar 24, 1984
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(Studio) Illegal Guatemalan refugees reported completing odyssey to Vermont sanctuary in open defiance of United States government
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Weston, VT) [Refugee Felipe EXCOT - (thru translator) explains need to hide identities.] Concern for safety of relatives remaining in Guatemala cited as central fear of refugees; role of Benedictine monastery in harboring Guatemalans noted. [Bro. PHILIP - feels monks are simply living out their religious beliefs.] [EXCOT - (thru translator) claims he left Guatemala due to death threats from government troops because of his efforts to counter illiteracy among peasants.] Vols.' caravan escorting refugees to Vermont shown, discussed. [Immigration commissioner Alan NELSON - claims refugees are entering US for economy reasons.] [REFUGEE - (thru translator) denies coming for economy reasons; seeks protection.]
REPORTER: Harold Dow

Dow, Harold;
Schieffer, Bob

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