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The Tribune: 49 refugees incarcerated

January 29, 2010

No, that was not the language the papers or the courts used in this situation. But it is the language we should think in. I cannot comprehend the heart of a nation that would incarcerate people for six months for “illegally landing in the country” that is its neighbour when their homes were destroyed. I’ve tried to get it. I don’t.

FORTY-NINE illegal Haitian immigrants were charged in Magistrate’s Court with illegally landing in the country and sentenced to six months in prison.

They were part of the group of more than 50 Haitian immigrants captured near Adelaide on Monday night after their sloop ran aground. Immigration officials said most of the immigrants apprehended on Monday told officers they emanated from Haiti’s capital city Port-au-Prince, which was destroyed about two weeks ago by a 7.0 earthquake.

via The Tribune.

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