Immigration Tragedy on the High Seas

The Coast Guard's attempts to stem a new surge of Haitian immigrants ignite a debate over political asylum

If Haiti were ruled by communist dictators rather than military tyrants whose only ideology is power, the multitudes who have set sail from that downtrodden country in a desperate bid for freedom in the past month might well have found refuge in the U.S. Instead, those who dared the perilous 650- mile voyage toward America found that America has no place for them. Since the latest outpouring of Haitian refugees began, the U.S. Coast Guard has plucked them by the thousands from their leaky vessels and held them in detention centers or aboard American ships. And then, until a federal judge...

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