He was the young boy whose mother risked everything to bring him out of the control of Fidel Castro, and somewhere in the escape, she lost her life. His father’s struggle to bring him back to Cuba caused months of debate.
Attorney General Janet Reno, with present AG Eric Holder as her right-hand man, was criticized for the “guns drawn” manner in which he was taken from his Miami-family’s home. In the end, despite the ideology of Communism versus Freedom, he was reunited with his father, as he rightfully needed to be ( Brazil should have returned Sean Goldman to his father in the same manner recently, without the several year battle).
Today, a decade after the international custody exchange, Elian Gonzalez, under the watchful idea of the Castro regime, is now 16, and an active member of Castro’s Union of Young Communists.