Re "U.S. Fears Another Haitian Exodus," Feb. 11: As a black woman, I find it curious that immigration officials plan to aggressively prevent poor Haitians from taking refuge in this country but look the other way when Latinos from Mexico and Central America illegally stream across our borders by the thousands. Perhaps the Haitians would do better by bypassing Florida and sailing west to Guatemala or southern Mexico. Once there, they could pick up a few Spanish phrases, pass themselves off as black Mexicans or Guatemalans and join the steady surge north into the U.S. Then immigrant rights groups would fight to keep them here.
A "shuck and jive" not mentioned by Jeff Danziger (editorial cartoon, Commentary, Feb. 11) is the continued rationalization used to mask our complicity in the making and continuing of the misery in Haiti. Whether it is the Duvaliers or President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, we have abetted their reigns. And in the rankest of hypocrisy, we arrest those attempting to flee the madness while at the same time welcoming Cubans who are not trying to leave a poor and desperate land. And our president says we are a compassionate nation?
F. Daniel Gray