Haiti Or Hades

The Senate extends the ban on immigrants with the AIDS virus

ON SUNDAY, CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER JESSE JACKSON began a fast in support of HIV- infected Haitians wishing to immigrate to the U.S. He was quickly joined by Olden Polynice, the Haitian-born center for the Detroit Pistons basketball team. But the growls of their stomachs fell on deaf ears. On Thursday the Senate voted to prevent people infected with the AIDS virus from immigrating to the U.S. The prohibition had been a matter of policy; the Senate action is a step toward making it law. "It was a meanspirited vote," says Jackson.

The vote was a setback not just for Jackson but...

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