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Activists argue Haitian migrants should remain

Published March 30, 2007


MIAMI - Activists urged federal officials Thursday not to ship 101 illegal Haitian migrants out of Florida as they await deportation hearings, arguing it could hurt their ability to make asylum claims.

The migrants arrived on South Florida shores Wednesday after a nearly three-week, 700-mile sea voyage on a rickety, overloaded sailboat with little food or drink. One man drowned as the boat neared the shore.

Unlike Cubans, who are generally allowed to stay if they reach U.S. soil illegally, most Haitians who make similar trips and land on U.S. shores are sent back. And unlike Cubans, Haitians are generally detained until a decision is made either way.

[Last modified March 30, 2007, 00:52:36]

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