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  •  I don't know.... (2+ / 0-)
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    jbou, ThatPoshGirl

    I just don't think some anonymous blogger - especially a mean spirited one - rates the analysis and exposure. What influence does he have? Who does he represent but his miserable self? I feel like you brought me a toilet wall.

    To My Colonoscopist

    I think that I shall never see
    so far up you as you up me.

    by shieldvulf on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 09:42:27 PM PST

    •  if folks google "Desiline Victor", they get... (8+ / 0-) least two references to this Birther's comments in the first ten hits.

      However, if folks will take the step of looking into the policy background & practical reality of 1980's refugees from Haiti and other points south of the US, Desiline's circumstances look very different than the Birther would have us believe.

      Haitian refugees had actually begun arriving on the US mainland in 1972, but their efforts to flee the Duvalier dictatorship only led to arrest, jail, the denial of asylum and swift expulsion as successive US governments refused to recognize the repression in Haiti and branded them economic migrants. US policy shifted in 1980 when the Carter Administration found itself confronting simultaneous influxes of both Haitian and Cuban refugees. Unable to overtly treat the two refugee populations differently, Carter created a new immigration classification: 18,000 Haitians and 125,000 Cubans became neither refugees, nor asylees, but simply 'entrants,' whose fate was to be decided at a later date by legislation. The Reagan Administration shifted US policy once again, establishing the interdiction-at-sea program in September 1981, and promising that Haitians able to escape the Coast Guard boats would face lengthy detention in federal prisons and INS centers. According to the US immigration service, 433 boats were intercepted and 25,551 Haitians returned to Port-au-Prince under the interdiction program from 1981 to 1991. Only 28 persons were permitted to enter the US to pursue refugee claims.

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