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The Nation : U.S. Deports 28 Cubans

March 20, 1985

Armed guards loaded 28 shackled Cuban refugees on a chartered jet in Marietta, Ga., and deported them to their island homeland because the United States declared them excludable as insane or as criminals. It was the second deportation flight of Cuban detainees in less than a month under an agreement between the United States and the Fidel Castro government. The plane took off about 45 minutes after the refugees, escorted by about a dozen law enforcement cars, arrived on buses from the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, where some had been imprisoned up to 4 1/2 years.

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