Elian Gonzalez, Call Your Office
Border: Democrats and our attorney general once favored the forcible return of alien minors to their country of origin, but that was when the country was Castro’s Cuba and the horrible condition they fled was communism.
Eric Holder made a very emotional plea the other day when he announced the Obama administration program “Justice AmeriCorps,” intended to provide emergency legal representation to the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors flooding across our open southern border from Central America.
“How we treat those in need, particularly young people who must appear in immigration proceedings, many of whom are fleeing violence, persecution, abuse or trafficking — goes to the core of who we are as a nation,” the attorney general said, explaining a program to provide 100 lawyers and paralegals for minors brought here by drug cartels and other human traffickers.
How we treated Cuban waif Elian Gonzalez, who had survived a perilous raft journey that killed his mother to flee the communist tyranny of Fidel Castro’s Cuba, speaks volumes about the hypocrisy of Democrats and Holder, who applauded and engineered the forcible return of Elian at gunpoint to Cuba.
Elian was nearing his sixth birthday on Thanksgiving 1999 when a fisherman off the coast of Florida found him clinging to an inner tube after his mother and others fleeing Cuba drowned trying to reach the freedom of American soil. He found refuge with relatives in Miami, but his father, who was separated from his mother, remained in Cuba, later contesting custody and claiming that Elian had been taken without his consent.
As Fox News Latino reported, Gonzalez’s Miami relatives had refused to surrender him to authorities, leading to the infamous raid on April 22, 2000, on President Bill Clinton’s watch, by armed federal agents who seized Elian at gunpoint from a closet where he was hiding at his uncle’s home in Little Havana.
He was forcibly returned to Cuba two months later.
Humberto Fontova writes in FrontPageMag.com of how Mauricio Vicent, a reporter for Madrid newspaper El Pais, during that first week visited Elian’s home town of Cardenas and talked with Elian’s father, Juan Miguel, as well as others. What he found destroyed the arguments of the “Elian belongs with his father” crowd.
Vicent reported that Juan Miguel always wanted Elian to go to the U.S. and even applied for a U.S. visa after his son was found off Florida. Then Castro apparently made Juan Miguel an offer he couldn’t refuse — the safety of those still stuck in the worker’s paradise.
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