NEWS:Another 89 illegal Chinese aliens taken from the Northern Marianas

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Subject: NEWS:Another 89 illegal Chinese aliens taken from the Northern Marianas
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.org)
Date: Thu Jun 10 1999 - 07:26:29 EDT


Another 89 illegal Chinese aliens taken from the Northern Marianas
June 8, 1999

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (AP) -- Eighty-nine illegal Chinese aliens
have been flown to the United States while federal immigration officials
decide whether they should be deported back to China.

The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service flew the undocumented
aliens to Los Angeles last week.

They will remain there for an unspecified amount of time while INS
officials question them and decide whether they have a credible fear of
being returned to China.

The Chinese, who were intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard while attempting
to enter nearby Guam illegally, spent the past month living in tents at the
North Field military base on Tinian, commonwealth immigration secretary
Mark Zachares said.

Their return to China has been delayed by political tensions between the
United States and China over espionage allegations and NATO's bombing of
the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia.

Earlier this month, another 101 Chinese aliens were deported.

Zachares said more deportations are expected to occur within the next two
weeks. In recent months, several ships containing Chinese nationals have
been stopped off the coast of Guam.

Many of those nationals remain in the tent city on Tinian.

The Northern Mariana Islands are a U.S. possession about 3,700 miles
southwest of Hawaii.


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