NBC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 18, 1989
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.
(Miami, Florida: Noah Nelson) Burgeoning Nicaraguan immigrant population in Miami, Florida, featured; details given, scenes shown. [REFUGEE - (thru translator) says he wants a job.] Refugees' dependence on private charity noted. Impact of influx on school system detailed; scenes shown from overcrowded schools. [Sweetwater elementary school principal Maria RODRIGUEZ - discusses problems for teachers.] [Dade Cnty. assistant superintendent of schools Jim FLEMING - discusses overcrowding due to Nicaraguan children.] Earlier influx of immigrants from Cuba in early 1960s and 1980 recalled; historical scenes shown. [Miami city manager Cesar ODIO - says we can't use city taxpayer funds for refugees.] City and state requests for federal funds explained.