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The Michigan Daly-Saturdaiy, August-15, i 481-Page 11

U.. Cabinet
redecorates
i i
offiees despite
eall for cuts,

WASHINGTON (AP)- While President Reagan
was calling for an end to unnecessary government
spending, members of his Cabinet were laying out
$358,967 to spruce up their offices, the Better Gover-
nment Association said yesterday.
"The expenditures...must be a cause of concern
for a president who hoped his appointees would set a
cost-saving example," said BGA Executive Director
Terrence Brunner.
"IN SEVERAL departments, political appointees
have ordered costly and sometimes lavish
redecorating while simultaneously cutting federal
programs," Brunner said.
BGA, a private watchdog group based in Chicago,

said the spending apparently violated an order issued
by Reagan two days after he took office last January,
THE OFFICIALS involved say they only ordered
necessary maintenance that should not be considered
redecorating, but the list includes such items as solid
birch wall trim in an office for an associate attorney
general.
The BGA said Commerce Secretary Malcolm
Baldrige authorized $118,246 for work at his office, in-
cluding a newly carpeted private entrance at $1,768,
new blazers for his security guards for $656, im-
provements to a private elevator for $1,730, a
remodeled reception area at $1,897 and a sink and
vanity to replace the old sink in his office for $1,683.

Deportation
hearings
scheduled
(Continued from Page 1)
Federal Detention Center in New York.
Hearings for that suit will begin
Tuesday, he said.
THE STUDENTS are requesting the
Manhattan U.S. District Court to order
their release and prohibit deportation
hearings. They claim the hearings are
in bad faith and designed as
harassment.
Before their arrest on Aug. 5, the 60
Iranians were among 200 protestors
staging a six-day hunger strike
followed by a march to the United
Nations building in Manhattan last
week, in protest of the rule of Ayatollah
Rhuollah Khomeini in Iran.
Gaffney said that if the Immigration
and Naturalization Service had been
aware of the students' participation in
the demonstration prior to the arrests,
"probably none of this would have hap-
pened."
THE INS GOT a call from the
Englewood, N.J. police requesting
assistance Aug. 5 in responding to a
complaint about "a large number of
foreign people sleeping in cars and
vans" in an Englewood neighborhood,
and "urinating and defecating" in the
area, Gaffney said.
Investigation found 60 Iranians
staying in a two-bedroom apartment,
Gaffney said. The INS and police
removed them from the apartment, he
said, when they became "loud,
vociferous, noisy."
The Iranians-members of the
Moslem Student Society, a group sup-
porting the People's Mojahedin
Organization of Iran in its opposition to
Khomeini's rule-refused to identify
themselves, claiming the arrest was
illegal. According to Gaffney, if they
had identified themselves, "that would
probably have been the end of it."
THE IRANIANS, who resumed their
hunger strike after they were arrested,
say they have refused to release their
names to immigration officials because
they fear the consequences to their
families in Iran if Khomeini discovers
their identities and the part they played
in the demonstrations against him.
The hunger strike was briefly halted
Thursday night, when negotiations
between the Iranians and immigration
officials seemed to be going well.
But early yesterday morning, Gaf-
fney reported. that his superiors had
told him some of the concessions he had
made were "inappropriate." The
negotiations broke down, a9 . the
students.again~are refusing food..._w

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