Things like this just tear me up:
Beleaguered Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said on Tuesday that rebels had attacked another city in the north and that the violence could spark an exodus of boat people to the United States.
With insurgents controlling half of the country of 8 million people and promising to march on the capital within days, civilians barricaded roads into Port-au-Prince with buses and old refrigerators.
Efforts to find a political solution were moving slowly, with the United States awaiting a response from opposition politicians to a power-sharing deal, already agreed by Aristide, which it hoped could defuse the conflict.
On the streets of the capital residents anticipating possible attacks shook their fists at cars that tried to pass the barricades. More than 60 people have died in clashes across the country so far.
“Last night criminals, terrorists and killers went to the northwest of the country, Port-de-Paix, and there they burned public and private houses, killing innocent people,” Aristide told a news conference in the presidential palace.
“We may have more Haitians leaving by boat to Florida,” he said, apparently trying to touch on U.S. fears of a repeat of the exodus in the early 1990s, when tens of thousands of Haitians fled political violence and tried to reach America.
Port-de-Paix, a city of about 100,000, is a traditional exit point for Haitians leaving for Florida by boat.
90% of me wants to say “LET THEM IN.” I wish everyone had our opportunities.