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#3430: NYTimes Letter 050200 about Refugees from Slavin (fwd)

From: Patrick Slavin <pslavin@unicefusa.org>

keywords: Refugees, New York Times, Letters to the Editor

NY Times, May 2, 2000

To the Editor: 

Re "Political Violence at Home Made Haitians Flee, Boat Survivors Say" (front
page, April 29): 

Imagine that 250 Haitian refugees had washed up on Key West rather than on a
desert island in the Bahamas, and that among them was a young, photogenic boy
who had lost a parent on the voyage. 

What would the Republicans do? Would they send him back to face the turmoil
preceding a "democratic" election, or offer him asylum in the United States? Of
course we know the answer. 

Cheshire, Conn., April 29, 2000