Skip to comments.Elián González: My Time In The U.S. 'Marked Me For My Whole Life'
Posted on 11/19/2013 2:40:27 PM PST by ColdOne
Elian Gonzalez, the object of a 1999-2000 custody squabble involving Washington, Havana and family members on both sides of the Florida Strait, holds a piece of U.S. legislation directly responsible for what he endured then, Cuban official media said Monday.
"They were very sad times for me, which marked me for my whole life. I was never given the chance to have a moment to think about my mother, who as a result of that (U.S.) Cuban Adjustment Act died at sea," the now-19-year-old Gonzalez said last weekend during a Union of Young Communists event.
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Union of Young Communists event.”
...they write this like it’s everyday and the norm.
Reno and Clinton.
This was worse than Obama.
And there were “conservatives” saying to send him back.
How is Cuba like America?
In America all transactions are done in dollars and Cuban pesos are worthless.
Same in Cuba.
Well kiddo, if you want to honor the ultimate sacrifice that your Mother made out of love for you, defect to the U.S., denounce Communism, and live the rest of your life as a free man.
FReepers are often incensed at the practice of anchor babies and illegal immigrant children, and yet, want an illegal immigrant forcefully kept in the U.S., against his father’s wishes no less.
I don’t get it.
The US killed his mother, he now says ... Sad beyond words. God forgive those who let this boy down. Now he's Fidel's little puppet. God forgive those who fought to send him back.
I think it was as much the manner of the taking of Elian, with SWAT teams and submachine guns that t’d people off.
And, then again many Cubans in America view every person who can leave there as a victory against the evil Castro brothers.
It’s odd that he holds the USA somehow responsible, it’s Cuba that has policies that force people onto rickety boats to escape. His mother made that choice because Cuba sucks. Americans who want to go to Cuba traditionally take jets from Canada or Mexico. If you want to boat to Cuba you can, no one in Miami is going to stop you, and you’ll have the choice of many thousands of very seaworthy boats to use and all the gas or diesel you need at market prices.
He will never be allowed to leave Cuba, at least till the regime falls.
What a shame. Clinton takes the blame for this.
Speaking about the send him back crowd, whatever happened to the logjam of other foreign custody battles that were supposed to be solved by Elian’s return? Never heard a peep about any of them again after that.
Every word he says, is crafted by the Regime.
Nor will you.
You mean against Castro’s wishes. Until it became world news his father didn’t care.
Did Elián González would have choose to stay in U.S. had he knew it’s hell in Cuba?
Castro IS Elian’s father.
There, there....that’s a good little Commie....
What conservatives were saying “send him back”?
I'd wait till he's long gone before attempting to come back.
Napolitano: Tell me, Mr. Holder, why did you not get a court order authorizing you to go in and get the boy (Elian Gonzalez)?
Holder: Because we didnt need a court order. INS can do this on its own.
Napolitano: You know that a court order would have given you the cloak of respectability to have seized the boy.
Holder: We didnt need an order.
Napolitano: Then why did you ask the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for such an order if you didnt need one?
Napolitano: The fact is, for the first time in history you have taken a child from his residence at gunpoint to enforce your custody position, even though you did not have an order authorizing it. When is the last time a boy, a child, was taken at the point of a gun without an order of a judge Unprecedented in American history.
Holder: He was not taken at the point of a gun.
Napolitano: We have a photograph showing he was taken at the point of a gun.
Holder: They were armed agents who went in there who acted very sensitively
I'll bet Barack was sad to have missed the event!
You don’t get the differences between Cuba and Mexico?
At the time, I thought the US should have simply granted him citizenship and handed him over to the World Court to decide where he should end up. Since he would have citizenship, he could return at any time. In a few years, his eyes will be opened.
Actually, if it wasn’t for Elian Gonzales, I don’t think Bush would have been elected in 2000. The Cuban Community came out strong for Bush as a direct result from this trainwreck.
I don’t judge him negatively because I don’t believe he can freely speak his true feelings
Cubans are legal as soon as they touch US soil. In case you weren’t aware.
Don’t like the law? Change it.
So, if a government wants to KEEP its citizens, you think they should be expatriated. But, if a government wants to EXPORT its citizens illegally to this country, you think we should keep them out. Again, I don’t get the inconsistency.
It’s not a consideration of the type of government, but of our laws of immigration. And please don’t try to contrast Cuba and Mexico. Both are garbage heaps in their own way, with thoroughly corrupt governments. Mexico is every bit as hostile to our way of life as Cuba is.
And, Elian would likely be voting Democrat had he stayed and gain citizenship.
We have those here too.
You make an excellent point!
He is now free to live in a communist state for as long as he wishes. His next journey across the pond will not be held so kindly in the freedom loving hearts of Americans.
Interesting characterization of Cuba, comrade.
Clinton followed the rule of law. He did not pander to the minority community and set a very bad precedent. What's the problem?
Elian’s dad was as much of a puppet as Elian now is in Cuba.
Now do you get it?
Before the clampdown on the dad, there were conversations between the dad and the Miami relatives indicating his desire for Elian to remain and live in America.
It really sickened me that so many “conservatives” called for the return of Elian to his father proving that even conservatives can be clueless about communism.
How is that characterization incorrect, discounting any motivation behind it?
I dont get it.
What part of escaping-Communism-for-freedom don't you understand?
When all this was going on I happened to read Cuban media occasionally. There was an interesting article there that went into great detail about all the ‘luxuries’ offered to the average Cuban citizen. Including fertility treatment. It seems that little Elian is the result of one of these treatments. Now, the question is,...who’s the daddy.
Look at pictures of Castro when he was a little boy. Now, look at pictures of Elian as a child. Compare/contrast.
Would explain why THIS child, out of the thousands that have escaped over the years, was so important for Castro to have back in Cuba.
Here’s the problem.
President Reagan fought the system and kept the legal process going until a teenage boy from the Ukraine was allowed to remain in the USA.
This boy, Walter Polovchak, now 44 has two sons, ages 18 and 9, and lives with his family in Des Plaines.
Much nicer ending. It’s called Freedom.
So, is "escaping-adject-poverty-for-economic-benefit" then justified by Mexicans?
It was Clinton who changed the rules--under the earlier set of rules Elian was absolutely permitted to stay in the US. Clinton modified to the "wet foot/dry foot" rules--because Elian was rescued at sea, he wasn't automatically entitled to asylum.
I'm not going to indulge in that kind of sophistic moral relativism.
No. They are two completely separate concepts.
You are conflating a communist state where every citizen exists at the pleasure of the dictator with a country that is free but where economic opportunity is more difficult to find than it is here.
We granted Cubans the right to stay in the US if they made landfall here because they were escaping hell -- not a bad economy.
What if a North Korean submarine popped up off the Oregon coast and landed in a cove and they asked for asylum? Do you think the US would give it to them?
we should, of course. We should make sure they can be repatriated to South Korea too.
No, not brainwashed. Like all other cubans under castro rule, he knows what he has to say in order to stay out of prison.
I pray you are right.
>> I dont get it.
Maybe Ted Cruz could explain.
One who said to send him back got beaten for governor of OK, an ex-athlete named Steve Largent.
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