IMMIGRATION: Round Trip to Helsinki

On his way home at quitting time, Finnish-born William Heikkila, 52. found two men waiting for him outside the offices of the San Francisco engineering firm where he worked as a draftsman. One flashed a badge. "Call my wife," Heikkila yelled to a fellow worker. "Tell her Immigration has picked me up."

For ten frustrating years, District Director Bruce Barber, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service's chief in San Francisco, had been waiting for a chance to deport sometime Communist Heikkila to Finland. Under the law, he seemed to be clearly deportable. His Finnish parents had brought him to the...

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