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Page 10-thursday, May 8, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Pentagon sends 500 Marines to Florida
to maintain order in Cuban refugee camps


KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - U.S. yesterday afternoon.
Marines were called in yesterday as UNDER A STATE of emergency
thousands more Cubans jammed declared by President Carter, 500
shelters short on space and food in a Marines were sent by the Pentagon to
quickening tide that has brought over -ssist 700 Florida National Guardsmen
22,000 "Freedom Flotilla" refugees to trying to keep order in the refugee
the United States. camps.
Immigration officials processed 4,005 Gen. K.C. Bullard, guard comman-
refugees Tuesday, the third straight der, said the state troops would remain
record day, plus another 2,000 by on duty temporarily to "insure an or-

derly transition."
Meanwhile, he said, officials were
seeking additional holding areas for the
refugees who have been crossing the 90-
mile Florida Straits for 2 and one-half
ONE ABANDONED Navy air hangar
housed some 3,800 refugees yesterday.
About 5,000 refugees have been taken to
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Meanwhile, the office of Rep. John
Paul Hammerschmidt of Arkansas said
the White House planned to send some
refugees to Fort Chaffee Army Reserve
base near Fort Smith. The base was
used for Vietnamese refugees in 1975.
At Key West, facilities, were packed
and sometimes so short of food that
refugees received only a single meal a
ARGUMENTS BROKE out when cots
and food ran short at the hangar.
"It was terrible over there, just
chaos," said Carlos Alphonzo, a
paramedic who spent the night trying to
calm refugees and treating them for
sunburn. "These people. are coming
over here and being put back into a
See MARINES, Page 11
DETROIT (UPI) - Chrysler Corp.
reported first quarter losses yesterday
of $448.8 million, slightly better than
some analysts expected but the second
largest quarterly deficit in its history.
Chrysler's losses in the same period
last year amounted to $53.8 million.
THE COMPANY, strugging to
qualify for the $1.5 billion in federal
loan guarantees it needs to stay in
business, has lost money in the jast five
and in seven of the last nine quarters.
The battered No. 3 automaker's sales
in the first quarter declined to $2.3
billion, down 28.9 per cent from $3.3
billion the first quarter of 1979.
General Motors Corp. alone among
the Big Three automakers was
profitable in a January-March quarter
darkened by high interest rates, tight
credit and continuing consumer rejec-
tion of big cars.
GM PROFITS declined 88 per cent in
the quarter to $155 million, while Ford
Motor Co. lost$164 million.
Some auto industry analysts had ex-
pected Chrysler to post first quarter
losses in the range of $475 million. But
rigid cost-cutting helped keep losses
below the $460.6 million deficit it
showed in the third quarter of 1979.
Chrysler has reduced executive
salaries, laid off more than 30 per cent
of its white collar staff and40,000 hourly
workers, severely curtailed car and
truck production and closed four plants.
Further cost-cutting steps that could
includeadditional plant closings are
under consideration.
The company already has projected
1980 losses of more than $750 million. It
lost $1.1 billion in 1979 and $205 million
in 1978.
"None of these reductions, however,
will affect the introduction of the new
1981 models, particularly the front-
wheel drive K-cars, Plymouth Reliant
and Dodge Aries, which are designed to
meet the extraordinary continuing
demand' for small, fuel-efficient
vehicles,' Chrysler Chairman JLee A.
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