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On November 25th 1999 Elian Gonzalez was found clinging to an inner tube three miles off the coast of Ft Lauderdale after a boat carrying his mother stepfather and eleven others apparently sank on its way to the United States He had been floating in the inner tube for two days and nights and after being admitted to a hospital he had been found to be in remarkably good shape considering he was without food and water But the worst was yet to come for Elian Gonzalez Almost immediately after his release from the hospital Juan Miguel Gonzalez the boys father claims that Elians mother kidnapped the boy and he wants Elian returned to Cuba The Cuban government chose to back up Elians father in the demand and that is when the question arose What would the future hold in store for Elian Gonzalez Would he be returned to a life with his father in Cuba or would he be kept under better living conditions in the United States of America Before you go and make up your mind on this issue Id like you to consider a few thingsThe INS ruled that in the name of family reunification Elian must return to Cuba and many people agreed with the idea But would such a decision be tolerated if it involved say a Jewish boy who had come to the United States from Nazi Germany during the 1930s Would he have been sent back if the father - with a gun to his back - declared his desire to have his child returned to slavery or to a concentration camp Would everyone argue that the childs best interests are served by family reunification Certainly not Why then is Elians situation any different Life in totalitarian Cuba after all is basically life in slavery I think that it is best put in the words of Mr Jacoby columnist of the Boston Globe Send Elian back and
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