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Haitian pastor dies in custody of Homeland Security

How can this happen? A 81-year-old Haitian Baptist minister was denied his high blood pressure medication while in the custody of our government. His crime? Applying for political asylum in Miami . There is also the broader question of discrimination of Haitians while Cubans can easily immigrate. (St. Pete Times):

Haitian-Americans watched in awe this week as a group of 44 Cuban entertainers applied for political asylum in Las Vegas, unmolested by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The treatment of the Cubans could not have contrasted more sharply with the experience of Joseph Dantica, an 81-year-old Haitian Baptist minister who recently applied for asylum in Miami.

U.S. immigration officials took the Rev. Dantica to jail, where he died before he had the chance to make his case for asylum. His family held a wake for him Thursday at a Miami funeral home.

“He died alone in a hospital bed,” said his niece Edwidge Danticat, 35, who is a U.S. citizen. “It’s not that the others (Cubans) don’t deserve it. But there should be some fairness.”

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