ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 15, 1982
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(Studio) Federal court hearing said set in Atlanta with regard to government's right to deport 1400 Cuban boat people with criminal records.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Crime situation in Miami, Florida, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Madison, WI, and El Paso, Texas, growing out of influx of Cuban criminals examined. [Police OFFICER - tells of Harrisburg situation.] Boat people influx recalled. Scenes shown. [May 1980 Navy Lieutenant Dennis HESSLER - tells of Castro's unloading Cuban jails in boat lift.] [Madison, WI, Chief David COOPER - says Cuban crime is main issue in Madison.] Majority of Cuban immigrants said good citizens. Bad element noted perhaps numbering 40,000. Miami, Los Angeles-New York, problems cited. Violence said recurrent characteristic of Cuban crimes. Scenes shown. [New York Police Department Detective Andy LUGO - stresses brazen violence of Cuban criminals.] Extent of crime in Harrisburg noted. [Undercover Police OFFICER - blames Fidel Castro for problem.-] Madison scenes shown. [COOPER - notes unfairness of Madison being stuck with problem created at federal level.] El Paso situation cited as one in early stages. [El Paso Lieutenant Gregory DROLLINGER - characterizes Cuban criminals.] [El Paso Police Department Charlie QUIMBY - speaks of fearlessness of criminals.] [El Paso Police Department David QUEVAS - says jail not feared by Cubans.] Cuban prisoners noted praising American jails as better than Cuban hotels. [Cuban Convict Miguel NUNEZ - through interpreter, notes better police treatment.] Cuban response to chgs. stated. Mental patients noted among those sent to US. [Public Health Expert Bert BROWN - is sickened by Cuba's action.] Jimmy Carter suggested as sharing blame with Fidel Castro for problem.
REPORTER: John Martin (WKOW tape)