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Page 12-Wednesday, May 14, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Coast Guard sights more Cubans

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From UPI and AP
KEY WEST, Fla.-The Coast Guard
yesterday spotted a new.wave of Cuban
sealift boats on the calmed seas of the
Florida Strait packed with refugees
bound for freedom.,
The Coast Guard said its air recon-
naissance sighted 96 vessels bound for
Key West from the Cuban port of
Mariel and another 72 vessels headed
for Mariel to pickup refugees.
SINCE THE FREEDOM flight began
April 21 36,764 Cubans have arrived in
the United States.
In Washington, President Carter said
he would meet with key advisers today
on the "best approach" to the difficult
problem of the Cuban and Haitian
refugees.
The president was expected to issue a
policy statement on the ad-
ministration's refugee program by the
Senate pan
draft fundil
WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Senate.
Appropriations Committee yesterday
approved funding for President Car-
ter's draft registration plan, sending
the bill to the Senate floor where it faces
an almost certain filibuster.
The committee approved the
measure by voice vote after narrowly
rejecting an amendment by Sen. Mark
Hatfield (R-Ore.). to cut funding for
local draft boards, which would be set
up on a standby basis.
HATFIELD, BY offering three
amendments, managed to delay the bill
in committee for more than a week. The
measure is not expected to be taken up
in the Senate before May 28.
Just before the committee took final
action on the bill, Hatfield renewed his
pledge to filibuster the bill on the floor
and offer several other amendments.
"You're going to hear much of this

end of the week.
THE PRESIDENT'S policies toward
the Cuban and Haitian refugees came
under fire recently when Florida
Congressman William Lehman and a
coalition of organizations including the
AFL-CIO, the American Jewish Com-
mittee, and the Congressional Black
Caucus charged that Carter's pledge to
treat the two groups of refugee im-
migrants alike is not being fulfilled.
Democratic Rep. Lehman said he
visited two processing centers in his
state last weekend and found that both
Cuban and Haitians were given food
stamps and Social Security cards. But
only the Cubans were given temporary
work permits, he said.
"This is not equal treatment at the
front line where the effort must be
made," Lehman told reporters.
WHITE HOUSE Press Secretary
Jody Powell denied allegations that the
ed OKs
ng plan
over again - ad nauseum - on the
floor," Hatfield told his colleagues.
"I WELCOME the battle ahead, and I
just want to assure my colleagues there
will be a battle ahead."
The bill already has passed the
House, but it may have to return to the
House if the Senate adopts any of the
changes proposed by Hatfield or others.
The committee did adopt one Hatfield
amendment - a requirement that
registration forms include a space for
conscientious objectors to state their
position at the time they register.
Under Carter's plan, all 19- and 20-
year-old men would have to go to their
local post offices to fill out registration
forms, which would then be sent on to
the Selective Service System.
Registration would provide a pool of
four million potential draftees, but an
actual draft could not begin without
specific approval of Congress.

administration's policy toward
Haitians was racist and said, "Frankly
allegations of racism contribute
nothing to solving the problem."
Powell said, "I think you will find
that to the extent disparities did exist
(between the handling of Cubans and
Haitians), they are being corrected."
In other news, navy doctors treating
Cuban refugees charged yesterday that
Fidel Castro is shipping mental patien-
ts and the dying among thousands

seeking asylum in the United
States-people suffering from cancer,
tuberculosis and even leprosy.
But the doctors said there is no
evidence the Cuban president is depor-
ting carriers of highly contagious
diseases.
In addition, skipper of a hired ship
testified yesterday they were forced at
gunpoint to leave Cuba with 426
refugees they did not know, instead of
the 148 relatives they went for.

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CUBAN REFUGEES HUDDLE together yesterday on a pile of life jackets
after being rescued by a Navy landing craft from their disabled boat in the
Florida straits.

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