Law: Refugee Rights

Court backs jailed Cuban

For the past seven months, Cuban Refugee Pedro Rodriguez, 48, has been in Leavenworth, Kans., in a maximum-security federal prison. He was shipped there in June soon after admitting to immigration officials that he had a record of four convictions in his homeland (two suitcase thefts that he maintained were necessary "to clothe my family," attempted burglary and a prison escape). Rodriguez was waiting at Leavenworth while Washington tried to persuade Havana to reclaim him and about 1,800 other "undesirables." So far, the Cuban government has demurred. Since Rodriguez was never officially admitted to the U.S.,...

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