Gonzalez is a 6-year-old boy who set sail from Cuba
with his mother, stepfather, and 10 others in hopes of making
it to America.
Like others before them, their goal was to secure the rights and
freedoms guaranteed by the American
Constitution. Two days into the trip, the 12 foot boat they were
traveling in broke apart and sank. Left clinging to inner tubes,
only Elian and two others survived. Elian's mother and stepfather
were among those who drowned in the ocean.
was rescued and brought to America where he was reunited with
relatives who had come to this country and settled in Miami,
Florida. Elian seemed happy with his new home in America,
but one question still loomed - should Elian stay here or return
to Cuba and live with his father? Elian was not a citizen
of the United States and in order to stay he would need to become
one. The debate still rages as to whether Elian should stay in
this country or go back to Cuba to live with his father.
you think Elian should:
American Government says only Elian's biological father can make
legal decisions for him and is therefore sending Elian back to
Cuba to live with him. Many people want Elian to stay in America
with his relatives instead of going back to the communist-ruled
can his relatives in America do to protest