Refugees ‘Risk Their Lives,’ Reno Says

Associated Press

The text of Atty. Gen. Janet Reno’s announcement Thursday night concerning detention of Cuban refugees:

Again today we have seen a significant number of Cubans take to sea on unsafe rafts and risk their lives to flee the failing policies of the Cuban regime. This exodus is encouraged by the Cuban government and shows callous disregard for the lives of its citizens.

In an effort to deter more Cubans from risking their lives, effective immediately the Immigration and Naturalization Service will detain all individuals interdicted. The detention of these people will continue pending a determination of how they should be processed by the INS.