Former Cuban Castaway Elian Gonzalez, Now 21, would Like to Visit US

Elian Gonzalez, who spent months with his Florida relatives as a Cuban child at the center of an international custody dispute, said in an interview broadcast on Monday that he would like to visit the US.
He thanked the American people for the love they showed him during the custody battle 16 years ago, and said he would like to go back “to give my love to the American people”.
“Because we’re so grateful for what they did.”
A tug-of-war between Gonzalez’s US relatives and his father, Juan Gonzalez, ensued, with the then-president, Fidel Castro, siding with the father and the Miami-based Cuban exile community backing family members in Florida.



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