Cuba’s President Raul Castro, left, and Elian Gonzalez attend an official event in Havana, Wednesday, June 30, 2010.
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Elian Gonzalez affair
The custody and immigration status of a young Cuban boy, EliÃ¡n GonzÃ¡lez (born December 7, 1993), was at the center of a heated 2000 controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States; GonzÃ¡lez’s father, Juan Miguel GonzÃ¡lez Quintana; GonzÃ¡lez’s other relatives in Miami, Florida and in Cuba; and Miami’s Cuban American community.
GonzÃ¡lez’s mother had drowned in late 1999 while traveling with her son and boyfriend, from Cuba to the United States. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) initially placed GonzÃ¡lez with paternal relatives in Miami, who sought to keep him in the United States against his father’s demands that GonzÃ¡lez be returned to Cuba. A federal district court’s ruling that only GonzÃ¡lez’s father, and not his extended relatives, could petition for asylum on the boy’s behalf was upheld by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. After the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, GonzÃ¡lez returned to Cuba with his father in June 2000.
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