Informed Sources: Sep. 27, 1993

Open Heart, Open Door, Bad Idea?

Some officials of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the State Department are upset over Attorney General JANET RENO'S recent decision to override policy and admit to the U.S. eight Cubans whose boat sank off the coast of Mexico. A Justice Department spokesman confirms that Reno personally decided to admit the refugees because their story moved her but insists it was a onetime exception. Sources say ins acting commissioner Chris Sale acceded reluctantly, fearing the decision capriciously discriminated against other would-be immigrants with stories no less tragic. Critics say Reno's decision has encouraged a flood...

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