Able Sentry

Peckenpaugh, Jason
May 2004
Government Executive;5/1/2004, Vol. 36 Issue 7, p28
Trade Publication
This article focuses on mass migration from Haiti. In early February, Haitian rebels began threatening the government of then-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. On Feb. 21, as the unrest spread, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge went to the White House with a plan to prevent what officials feared most: a wave of Haitian emigrants sailing for U.S. shores. It called for an armada of Coast Guard cutters, Border Patrol helicopters, and aircraft from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to patrol the coast of Haiti for boats full of emigrants. With round-the-clock patrols and repeated calls for Haitians to stay Put— a message emphasized by the U.S. President George W. Bush, among others— a mass migration never materialized.


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