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Archive for Friday, April 21, 2006

Where is justice?

April 21, 2006

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To the editor:

In 1991-92, I was in charge of interpreters screening Haitian refugees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It was the most difficult, heart-rending job I have ever had.

For 14 hours a day, seven days a week, we conducted in Haitian Creole 20- to 40-minute interviews that decided the remainder of someone's entire life. The rules of the U.S. Justice Department's Immigration and Naturalization Service, under which we operated, were very clear: either political refugees or economic refugees.

If the Haitian refugee could convince us that he/she would be under political threat of imprisonment, torture and/or death if returned by us to Haiti, as decreed by both U.S. and international law he/she would be accorded political refugee status in the United States. On the other hand, if he/she were simply an economic refugee fleeing Haiti's endemic poverty in order to seek an honest job in the United States, with no threat of political persecution back in Haiti, he/she would be on the next U.S. Coast Guard cutter to be simply dropped off at the Port-au-Prince wharf.

The reason given to us was that the United States could not take in the world's poor.

Have the rules changed so radically since then? Are Haitians any less human beings than Hispanics? What is justice? Where is justice?

Bryant C. Freeman,

Lawrence

Comments

wonderhorse 8 years, 8 months ago

"I do like religion, yet I feel that the gov't was responsible 100% for the murder of the people, including women and children."

When officials of the government, whether it be state or federal, knock on your door to ask questions, you should answer them. After all, you elected them (and yes I know the agents were appointed). The "gov't" did not set the fires--the "leader" (David Koresh, in case you can't remember) of the sect did. The "gov't" did not make him do that--he made his own decision.

wonderhorse 8 years, 8 months ago

""We should then kick out ALL those with european backgrounds and return the land to the natives we took it from in the 1800's.....""

I think this would be a great idea. Now, where is it we should put everybody? Should I be put back in Ireland, Scotland, or maybe be allowed to live here because my great-great-great grandmother was a Commanche?

Got a plan, genius?

bankboy119 8 years, 8 months ago

I am completely confused on the kicking out all Europeans but that's okay. Since our country began the rules have changed. It seems pretty simple to me. Illegals have broken the law, deport them. First a wall needs to be built and the government needs to actually prosecute those who break the law.

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