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Authors Attempt To Block INS Order Against Fellow Writer

October 29, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A group of distinguished writers is suing in an attempt to block the government’s refusal to allow author Margaret J. Randall to remain in the United States.

The authors - including Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller, William Styron, Alice Walker and Kurt Vonnegut - said the Immigration and Naturalization Service has denied her permanent resident status because of her writings and her views on U.S. foreign and domestic policy.

Randall renounced her citizenship on July 13, 1967, while in Mexico. After living in Cuba and Nicaragua, she re-entered the United States on a visitor’s visa on Aug. 31, 1983, and applied for permanent resident status on March 14, 1984.

Named as defendants in the suit filed Monday in federal court are Attorney General Edwin Meese III, INS Commissioner Allen C. Nelson and A.H. Giugni, INS district director in El Paso, Texas. Giugni cited a law allowing exclusion of people who advocate ″the economic, international and government doctrines of world communism.″

″Her writings go far beyond mere dissent, disagreement with, or criticism of the United States or its policies,″ he wrote. ″Her associations with and her activities and writings in support of the communist dominated governments of Cuba, North Vietnam and Nicaragua, and her advocacy and support of revolutionary activity, as well as her affiliation with and participation in Communist Party activities, warrant the denial of her application,″ Giugni wrote.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Energy Information Administration says world energy production last year jumped 4 percent, the first significant increase since the 1979 Iranian revolution caused fuel prices to skyrocket.

The United States led the 1984 increase in energy production that totaled nearly 293 quadrillion Btus worldwide - or the equivalent of 146.5 million barrels of oil per day, the government reported Monday. A Btu, or British thermal unit, is an internationally accepted standard for measuring energy. It is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of a pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.

The Energy Information Administration, a statistical arm of the Energy Department, said natural gas production, with a 7 percent increase, was at the head of the world energy output increase.


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan called the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, ″our nation’s most moving and powerful symbols of freedom″ and urged Americans to help finish restoring them by next July 4.

Reagan on Monday saluted three youngsters who have raised money for the restoration and noted that $170 million of a needed $240 million has been raised by volunteers. Reagan proclaimed the next 12 months the ″Centennial Year of Liberty.″

The three children honored were: Michael Haverly, 7, a handicapped child from Shelbyville, Ind., who raised $5,000 in contributions; Amy Nessler, 9, of West Deptford Township, N.J., whose donation was a jar of 365 pennies that Reagan said had been collected by Amy’s mother to mark the number of days her fiancee spent in Vietnam; and Donna Daley, 13, a victim of an incurable eye disease who donated part of the money local residents had given to send her and her parents to visit the statue.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan wants to ″report to the American people″ in a joint session of Congress after his Nov. 19-20 summit meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, White House spokesman Larry Speakes said.

But Speakes said Monday that the White House has not yet asked Congress to invite the president.

Speakes said Reagan also may stop in Brussels, Belgium, on his way back from the Geneva summit to brief allied leaders at a special session of the North Atlantic Treaty Council. The spokesman said NATO Secretary General Lord Carrington was asked to consult with the allies about such a meeting, but that a final reply had not been received. Speakes said that at Reagan’s U.N. meetings last week, leaders of Britain, West Germany, Italy and Canada had welcomed a Brussels briefing.


WASHINGTON (AP) - ″Displaced homemakers,″ women who have been forced by circumstances from their home roles into the workplace, are growing in number , their ranks increasing 28 percent in the last decade, the congressional Office of Technology Assessment says.

There are 2.2 million such people, the office said Monday, defining displaced homemakers as women aged 35 to 64 ″whose main job has been home and family, but (who) must now support themselves because of divorce, separation, widowhood, disability or prolonged unemployment of their spouse, or loss of eligibility for public assistance.″

″Many of these women have serous trouble finding jobs that are adequate to support themselves and their families,″ said the agency in a report released by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. ″Many displaced homemakers are living in or close to poverty.″

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