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Special Segment (Salvadorans in US) #528131

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 20, 1983
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(Studio) Item introduced with regard to Salvadorans illegally in US.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(No location given) Illegal aliens from El Salvador shown working in DC. 500,000 said now living illegally in US. [ALIEN - through translator, tells story of immigration to US.] DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles said haven for illegal refugees. [Voice of MAN - in translation, talks of living near White House] Situation of refugees detailed. Scenes of border patrol shown. Refugees hiding in California canyons and hills shown. 16,000 said already caught this year. [US Immigration Service Harold EZELL - describes problem.] [Representative J. Joseph MOAKLEY - pleads that United States not return refugees to be killed.] Permanent political asylum said almost always denied Salvadorans. [Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rts. Elliot ABRANS - says econ. reasons not legitimate claim for asylum.] [WOMAN - tells of death of brother after he was deported back to El Salvador.] Woman's application for asylum said to have been denied. Immigration Service said catching few of those fleeing El Salvador.
REPORTER: James Polk

Brokaw, Tom;
Polk, James

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