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By Bob Dole
The industrious island has proved itself worthy of U.S. inclusion
Topic - Jason Clare
Australia calls it a "closing-down sale" for people smugglers: Asylum-seekers in rickety boats are reaching its shores in record numbers ahead of a tougher deportation policy starting in September. For many migrants, the price of haste may be death.
Four people are believed to have died and 130 others were rescued after a crowded boat carrying asylum seekers to Australia capsized and sank Wednesday, less than a week after more than 90 people drowned on a similar journey.
"People smugglers are running a closing-down sale," Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said.
"There are grave fears for a lot more," he told reporters.