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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1993
What a breath of fresh air! U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. ruled that Haitian refugees in custody of U.S. authorities share the constitutional guarantees accorded to all in this country (June 9). He rejected the callous reported comment from an INS spokesman that the quality of medical care given the HIV-infected Haitians is not critical since they are doomed anyway. What a pleasure to see a judge with some old-fashioned common sense and decency. MIGUEL MUNOZ Pasadena
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January 16, 2010 | By Richard Fausset
In an attempt to ensure the flow of remittances to devastated Haiti, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Friday that the Obama administration would temporarily grant legal status to the tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants who were living in the United States illegally before this week's earthquake. But Napolitano emphasized that Haitians living in the island nation would not be eligible for temporary protected status, and would be repatriated if they attempted to enter the country, an implicit acknowledgment of the fear, thus far unrealized, that the earthquake could trigger a mass migration of Haitians to U.S. shores.
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January 10, 2003 | John-Thor Dahlburg, Times Staff Writer
Calling the treatment of Haitian refugees unfair and morally indefensible, nine Roman Catholic bishops have appealed to President Bush to immediately release more than 200 Haitians who swarmed ashore in Miami from a rickety boat last autumn. "The federal government, through the U.S.
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November 2, 2002 | John-Thor Dahlburg, Times Staff Writer
MIAMI -- The mad dash of scores of Haitians to reach America's shores this week has rekindled intense debate about the new -- many say discriminatory -- treatment that migrants from the Caribbean island nation receive. Since December, Haitians who illegally enter the United States and request asylum are routinely incarcerated while their claims are processed -- the only nationality that is detained as a matter of Bush administration policy, critics say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2002 | GARIOT LOUIMA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rony St. Urbain and his family drive 45 minutes from Chatsworth to Eagle Rock three times a week to attend French-speaking Jehovah's Witnesses services. St. Urbain and 10,000 other Haitian immigrants in Los Angeles are used to traveling long distances to get together. Tired of being associated with so-called boat people and the practice of voodoo, many Haitians in Southern California have resisted attempts to organize as a community, choosing instead to blend in across the region.
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September 4, 2001 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twenty years ago, Ricles Fabien--a bulldozer operator in the most impoverished country in the Western hemisphere--staked his life and $100 of his skimpy savings on a chance at a better future. He purchased passage across 600 miles of treacherous seas, from the Caribbean island nation of Haiti to the eastern coast of Florida. Twenty people boarded the frail, wooden boat at Port-de-Paix on Haiti's northwest tip. The trip would take six days.
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March 25, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A sailboat carrying Haitian refugees sank in a storm off the Bahamas, and dozens of people are feared dead, Haitian radio stations reported. Passengers panicked when the overcrowded boat began taking on water off Cat Island. Many jumped into the sea and tried to swim ashore, radio stations reported. The boat sank Saturday, but it took days for word to reach Haiti. The Bahamian coast guard saved 119 people, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1998
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) misleads your readers when he states that "Haitians have been treated better by the United States than refugees from almost any other nation" (letter, Sept. 1). This is historically false. Haitian refugees have experienced the harshest immigration measures devised by the United States. In 1981, the Reagan administration launched the Haitian Migrant Interdiction Operation, an unprecedented policy to prevent Haitian refugees from reaching U.S. shores by posting Coast Guard cutters on the high seas near Haitian territorial waters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1997
By granting a one-year reprieve from possible repatriation to about 40,000 Haitians who fled a repressive military regime, President Clinton has done the right thing. Armed with this temporary solution, he wins needed time to try to work out an agreement with Congress that should bring a permanent, rational solution to the Haitian refugee issue. Sending the refugees back without a hearing would be cruel and unfair.
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August 4, 1996 | MICHELLE FAUL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When the water turns from deep blue to shallow green, the Haitian refugees are told to scramble out of the boat and make sure they have dollars for the bus ride to Miami. But they're not in Florida. Smugglers have tricked the Haitians and stranded them on Providenciales in the wind-swept Turks and Caicos Islands, about 600 miles southeast of Miami.
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June 27, 1995 | Reuters
A group of 111 Haitian boat people, including 75 children, was flown to the United States on Monday, ending an 11-month stay in refugee camps at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The refugees were admitted for humanitarian reasons as officials empty the last of the Haitians from the tent encampments at the U.S. naval base. Some of the children were to be taken in by family members and others will be put in foster homes, officials said.
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