Haitians In the Klink

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Insert altar boy joke here, but I say good on Miami Archbishop John C. Favalora, who denounces INS policy toward Haitian refugees as "indefensible and inequitable." In another post-9/11 crackdown (I'm racking my brain to recall how many of the 19 hijackers were Haitians), undocumented immigrants from the hemisphere's basket case are now locked up in federal detention centers. More than 200 Haitians whose boat was shipwrecked last fall have been locked up ever since. The Miami INS office is also evicting the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center from a booth at one center. If detaining all undocumented immigrants were general policy this might be understandable (though I don't see how Haitians don't have the best case for automatic refugee status of anybody in the Americas), but this is another case of the INS getting tough whenever it's easy to get tough (such as when immigrants voluntarily come in to be arrested).

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  1. THE REAL HAITIAN

    We are all connected together with Creole.
    The real Haitian has no fear to talk about Dessaline
    The real Haitian has no fear to speak Creole.
    The real Haitian has no fear to say he or she is from Haiti.
    The real Haitian has no fear to talk about diri ak pwa.
    Are you a real Haitian?
    Why you do not stand up for the Haitians?
    For all Haitian most know
    A Haitian will never pass for a Dominican
    A Haitian will never pass for an American
    A Haitian will never pass for a Jamaican
    A Haitian will never pass for a Cuban
    So, Haitian, speak Creole wherever you be
    Do not be afraid to say you are from Haiti
    Show the world you are from Haiti.
    Land of Toussaint Louverture and Dessaline
    Land of people of great courage
    Be a Haitian, for you cannot be changed

    By Enock La?n?
    Address manavhaiti@yahoo.fr

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