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In Foreign Waters: Barring Escape

Asthedecadeofthe1990sbegan,PresidentGeorgeBushproclaimedthe endoftheColdWar.Thecommunist-inducedrefugeeflowsinEuropeand thelong-standing turmoilthathadgeneratedrefugeeflowsinCentral Americaseemedtobeatanend.ThestreamsofrefugeesfromtheSoviet UnionandSoutheastAsiawhowereenteringtheUnitedStatesunderthe LautenbergAmendment'ssoftenedstandardofrefugeeeligibilitywere manageable.Jean-BertrandAristidehadbeendemocraticallyelectedpresidentofHaitiinDecemberof1990,andtheHaitianexodushadceased.But subsequenteventsinHaitiandCubasoonrevivedthespecteroffloodtides ofasylumseekers.