Haiti: Asylum: Will It Be Any Easier Afloat?

The rules are simple in theory: anyone with a well-founded fear of persecution is entitled to political asylum in the U.S. Someone who is desperate to find a job and feed a family is not. Until now, Bill Clinton has avoided trying to tell them apart and simply repatriated all Haitian boat people to Port-au-Prince. His new plan to process their claims at sea and grant refuge to the deserving quieted domestic criticism but may not do the job. Here's how it would work:

SHIPBOARD PROCESSING. When Washington had officials do initial screening of Haitians on Coast Guard cutters from September...

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