REFUGEES: Painful Act of Being Born Again

For a time last week, it seemed that the 127,000 South Vietnamese making their way toward a new life in the U.S. were destined to spend many excruciating months in a bureaucratic limbo. In an excess of administrative caution, the Immigration and Naturalization Service decreed that, as required by law, each refugee would have to pass security checks by no fewer than five federal agencies, including the FBI and CIA. The flow of newcomers, who had been moving fairly quickly from Guam to military bases in the continental U.S., and thence into...

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