INS also stated in the days after the raid that they had identified as many as two dozen persons who were "prepared to thwart any government operation", some of whom had concealed weapons while others had criminal records. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Gore initially supported Republican legislation to give the boy and his father permanent residence status,  but later supported the administration position.
He also spoke of his admiration for retired leader Fidel Castro, who kept close tabs on his welfare over the years. There were two major focuses in media coverage of the event: He stated that although he did not regret returning to Cuba, he would like to travel to the United States one day "to give my love to the American people".
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Telling reporters at a Youth Congress in Ecuador in it was the economic blockade imposed by the American government that caused his mother to risk her life and his so desperately in Please help by adding reliable sources.
The case culminated with a dramatic raid on a house where U. At the time, U. At the same time, pepper-spray and mace were employed against persons outside who attempted to interfere. Negotiations carried on throughout the night, but Reno claimed that the relatives rejected all workable solutions.
This photo won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. Penelas indicated that the municipality would not cooperate with Federal authorities on any repatriation of the boy, and would not lend police assets or any other assistance in taking the boy.
Gonzalez was just shy of his sixth birthday when the small boat that was carrying him, his mother and a dozen others went down near Florida.
Cuban state-run media say Gonzalez is in Ecuador this week as part of a strong delegation to the 23rd World Festival of Youth and Students, which runs through Friday. Elian was the center of an epic battle between the United States and Cuba over where the boy should live out the rest of his childhood.
In Cuba, he is regarded as a hero, and while he makes only rare public appearances, Elian has been spotted at political events and has spoken glowingly of his life on the island.
They waited in the room listening to agents searching the house. When no one responded, they entered.
The media was barred from access to the family. He attended a military academy as a cadet for a time and is now studying industrial engineering at Camilo Cienfuegos University of Matanzas. Elian Gonzalez Seized in Raid His mother died while trying to escape the harsh economic situation on the island by boarding a homemade raft with 10 other people and Elian.
In the interview, which was published to coincide with his 20th birthday on Friday, Gonzalez said the young man he is today was shaped by lessons from his parents. After it went under, the passengers clung to the inner tubes in cold water, with waves reaching heights of three to four meters 10 to 13 feet.
A three-judge federal panel had ruled that he could not go back to Cuba until he was granted an asylum hearing, but the case turned on the right of the relatives to request that hearing on behalf of the boy. In the early morning hours of April 22,agents burst into his room, guns drawn, and scooped him up and out before the Cuban exile community could stop them.
Coast Guard brought him ashore to Floridawhere his Miami relatives fought to keep him in the United States, but after months of protests in Cuba, President Bill Clinton ordered him returned, saying the boy belonged with his father, leading to the dawn raid on the Miami house. If a Cuban was picked up at sea or walking toward shore, they were repatriated unless they could make a claim of asylum.He explains it was inspired by his flipping off of protesters who he said heckled him when he arrived in the United States to bring his son back to Cuba.
After just a short while together, it began to seem that no argument would have ever succeeded in convincing Juan Miguel González to leave Cuba for good. Elián González said he doesn't know when, but one day he will return to visit and thank the people who supported his father's fight to bring him to Cuba.
"My two feet, my body, my mind are in Cuba," Elián said.
Elian Gonzalez makes first trip overseas since his return to Cuba In this June 30, file photo, Elian Gonzalez attends an official event with Cuba's President Raul Castro in Havana, Cuba. The young Cuban raft boy who was the subject of a high-profile international custody dispute more than a decade ago, turned 20 on Friday, Dec.
6, Former Cuban castaway Elián González, now 21, would like to visit US A tug-of-war between González’s US relatives and his father, Juan González. Elian Gonzalez is held in a closet by Donato Dalrymple, one of the two men who rescued the boy from the ocean, right, as government officials search the home.
Elian Gonzalez, the little boy who was the focus of a bitter international custody dispute after he was rescued at sea as a child, left Cuba on Friday for the first time sinceDownload