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U.S. Picks Up 235 Haiti Refugees

September 03, 1987|Associated Press

MIAMI — The Coast Guard cutter Alert today picked up 235 Haitians who had tried to flee their homeland for the United States but ended up on a tiny Bahamian islet.

The group had been put ashore on the unnamed key Wednesday by a Royal Bahamian Defense Force boat that found them jammed on a rickety 45-foot sailboat, Coast Guard officers said. Immigration and Naturalization Service officials who interviewed the refugees determined that none qualified for asylum in the United States, and the Coast Guard said the Alert will return them to Haiti on Friday.

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