Nation: Open Heart, Open Arms

Carter promises Cubans a haven, but the problems keep growing

The early signals from the U.S. Government had sounded uncertain, even hostile. But last week Jimmy Carter finally struck a clear note that reaffirmed America's long history of providing sanctuary to those "huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Declared the President: "Ours is a country of refugees. We'll continue to provide an open heart and open arms to refugees seeking freedom from Communist domination and from the economic deprivation brought about by Fidel Castro and his government."

Yet as dangerously crowded boats continued bringing...

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