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December 18, 1991 | LEE MAY and MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A three-judge federal appeals court panel ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. government is free to begin repatriation of some 7,000 Haitian refugees now being held in a tent city at a Navy base in Cuba and on U.S. ships at sea. But in Miami, the judge who was overruled by the panel issued another emergency order late Tuesday blocking any deportations. U.S. District Judge C.
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June 24, 2001 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I am not a hero," Judge Claudy Gassant declared last weekend as he became the latest prominent Haitian to flee this dangerous land. For nine months, the proud and determined jurist had led the investigation in a case that has become a barometer of Haitian justice--the April 2000 execution-style slaying of Jean Leopold Dominique, Haiti's most prominent radio commentator and unofficial advisor to then-President Rene Preval.
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December 21, 1991 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the third time in less than a month, U.S. District Judge C. Clyde Atkins on Friday thwarted the Bush Administration's plan to begin the forced repatriation of more than 6,000 Haitian refugees being held at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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July 25, 2000 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For two days last month, they hunted the frail old man. Seat by seat, the police searched every commercial jet leaving Port-au-Prince's airport for the United States. They tore through cars crossing the remote Dominican border and pored over surveillance tapes from cameras outside diplomatic compounds here. They wanted Leon Manus at all costs--and, by his and most others' reckoning, they wanted him dead.
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December 31, 1992 | From Reuters
The United Nations' top refugee official has proposed that nations throughout the Western Hemisphere provide temporary asylum for Haiti's boat people, the New York Times reported in today's editions. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata, in a confidential memorandum to the State Department and to Bill Clinton's transition team, says the President-elect's inauguration next month will create an "opportunity to fashion a humane and effective response" to the Haitian refugee crisis.
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November 9, 1991 | Reuters
The United States said Friday it was holding about 200 Haitian refugees on Coast Guard vessels off Florida while it decided what to do with them. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the Coast Guard since last week had intercepted six overcrowded and unsafe vessels carrying Haitians trying to enter the United States illegally. "These people are now aboard Coast Guard cutters. They are being fed. They are receiving needed care, including medical assistance," he said.
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April 22, 1994 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Haiti's exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide denounced President Clinton's policy toward his country Thursday as "racist" and "a cynical joke," furiously going public with an increasingly bitter rupture. But Clinton Administration officials said they have no plans to change their policy of forcibly returning refugees to Haiti, where the military regime's death squads have killed more than 200 Aristide supporters.
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January 30, 1992 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With refugees fleeing Haiti in rising numbers and the military-backed government apparently impervious to an international embargo, U.S. and Latin American governments are reviewing options for increasing pressure to restore democratic rule, a Bush Administration official said Wednesday.
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July 6, 1994 | DAVID LAUTER and ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Clinton Administration slammed the door on Haitian refugees Tuesday, announcing that those picked up at sea no longer will be allowed into the United States under any circumstances but will be sent instead to camps in Panama and elsewhere in the Caribbean.
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December 3, 1992 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In what U.S. officials say may be a new tactic in a years-old wave of illegal immigration into southern Florida, more than 200 refugees from Haiti have been smuggled into the country in recent weeks, packed into secret compartments below decks of small wooden freighters that routinely sail right into downtown on the Miami River. Two such freighters were discovered in local waters last month, and 133 Haitians were taken into custody. A third vessel was intercepted Tuesday 25 miles east of Ft.
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January 2, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 400 Haitians and Dominicans packed shoulder-to-shoulder on a wooden boat had to be persuaded by Coast Guard crews to abandon ship after the boat ran aground on a sandbar about a mile from Key Biscayne, Fla. All 406 of the passengers eventually climbed voluntarily aboard Coast Guard cutters, said Petty Officer Scott Carr. He said the group may have been at sea on the 60-foot vessel for as long as five 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.
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March 8, 1999 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The long list of Caribbean migrants who have perished at sea while trying to reach Florida grew by at least 36 on Sunday as the U.S. Coast Guard abandoned the search for survivors from two boatloads of Haitians that sank in the Gulf Stream. Three men were rescued early Saturday and two bodies were recovered after the small, overloaded fishing vessels went down about 30 miles east of Palm Beach. Survivors told U.S.
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March 7, 1999 | From Associated Press
Two boats carrying as many as 43 Haitians in an apparent bid to smuggle them into the United States sank Saturday off the South Florida coast. The Coast Guard was able to rescue three people. "Forty are presumed dead or drowned," said Art Bullock, a U.S. Border Patrol officer in West Palm Beach.
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November 21, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
At least 290 people who set out clandestinely in a leaky sailboat with hopes of a better life in Florida are missing and feared drowned. The first news of the missing passengers came from a radio report claiming that Petit-Goave residents had attacked the home of the alleged organizer of the trip, Rene Louis, and nearly lynched him and his wife. Police denied the report.
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November 28, 1995 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
U.S. authorities have moved to return hundreds of fleeing Haitians to their homeland over the last several days as uncertainty over next month's election and an eruption of violence on the island have triggered a new refugee exodus. A vessel loaded with 581 Haitian refugees was stopped Sunday off the coast of Andros Island in the Bahamas, on its way to Florida; another overloaded craft sank, drowning 47. In all, more than 1,100 Haitians have been interdicted at sea in the last week. Although U.
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November 24, 1991 | STAN YARBRO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Deposed Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide called Saturday on the country's citizens to stop their exodus across dangerous seas to the United States and instead stay in Haiti and fight peacefully for democracy. Speaking to reporters after a session of face-to-face negotiations with Haitian government opponents, Aristide said the solution to his country's crisis would come in two stages.
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July 30, 1992 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Bush Administration acted illegally when it ordered U.S. ships in May to intercept Haitian refugees fleeing from their homeland and return them without a hearing. The government said it would appeal. In a 2-1 decision, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals declared that immigration laws clearly state "that the United States may not return aliens to their persecutors, no matter where in the world those actions are taken."
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April 1, 1995 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In an emotional news conference punctuated by wailing and fits of anguish Friday, relatives of 260 unaccompanied Haitian minors being held in a detention camp at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, pleaded with the Clinton Administration to stop the forced repatriation of the children and allow them to come here. This month, about two dozen children have been sent back to Haiti as part of a continuing U.S.
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January 19, 1995 | From Associated Press
Cuban and Haitian refugees detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base do not have the same constitutional rights as U.S. citizens and may be returned home, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. A government spokesman said there are no immediate plans to repatriate any of the Cubans. A key issue in the appeals before a three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals was whether the refugees have constitutional rights, such as access to lawyers.
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