Closed-Door Policy

Bush switches signals on the Haitian boat people

President Bush may have unwittingly coined himself a new campaign slogan: "Read my lips. No new Haitians." That was the message he sent last week as he changed policy on the boat people who have been fleeing the island nation in droves since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was overthrown last September. From now on, the Coast Guard will force Haitian refugees it finds on the high seas to return home; if they want political asylum in the U.S., they can go apply at the embassy. This came less than a week after Bush declared that the boat people who had previously been...

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