Dear Rosa Delauro,
After reading many articles in the newspapers and magazines that all state, 6 year old Elian Gonzalez has been in the middle of an international tug-of-war since he was found on Thanksgiving Day. Clinging to an inner tube at sea for two days drifting after his family and him were trying to escape from Cuba for freedom. I have decided that it is the right thing for little Elian to stay in the United States.
The phone rings: “Your 6-year old son has just been found in the ocean, shipwrecked, clinging to an inner tube. His mother drowned. He is now in Miami hospital.” Do you respond? “I’ll be there as soon as I possibly can.” or “Send him back to me. I demand it.” Elian’s biological father Juan Gonzalez was asked again and again. Why he didn’t go to Miami to see his son. He didn’t answer the question all he demanded was that his son be returned to him, finally threatening the Miami relatives with whom Elian is staying with. Juan says his son is the subject of not only kidnapping but also child abuse. If your son was kidnapped and abused, and the U.S. attorney general publicly said you were able to come see him. Would you stay home? Well Juan Gonzalez is staying home. Why does he lack true affection for the his son? Is he one of those political simpletons so colored with Fidelism that he would rather let his abused son fail than give the slightest political advance to the U.S. to see him. Should Elian be trusted to such a man like his father? Juan lacks the abilities to provide even the basics for Elian. That is, food, security, justice, freedom and the right to be happy. I think that Elian’s father should not be trusted with his son because he can’t even come to the U.S. to see how his son is. If any man in there right mind were able to leave Cuba to come see their child they would drop ever thing for them. Elian shouldn’t be trusted with a man who demands his son be brought back to Cuba and can’t give him food, security, justice, freedom and the right to be happy. When Elian was asked if he wanted to be with his father he said “He cares for his father but he would like his father to be here with him.”
The Miami cousins said they are doing more than giving life to the dying wishes of Elian’s mother. She risked, and gave, her life to bring him to freedom. They insisted they could give Elian a better life than his father could in Cuba. “I was suprized because I always thought this was a place of liberty and they are not letting him keep the liberty,” said the cousin. They have brought Elian to Disney World, celebrated Christmas in the U.S. and enrolled him is school. They are giving the boy a life better than his father can. If Elian is raised here in the U.S. he would he free to go. If he were raised in Cuba he wouldn’t even be allowed to intend leaving. He would be a child of the state. Congress has it right, grant the poor little poster boy citizenship. “American citizenship is a badge of freedom, a license to liberty, an imposition” said the cousin.
There is hunger in Cuba. “It’s a crime to send him back, there is food here.” Said Melba. There is not enough medicine. What about the little boys education? “If we send him back to Cuba, we are letting Castro have what he wants, and Castro is a very evil man” said Melba. Juan Gonzalez should want his boy to grow up in the United States were his mother died for him. Elian’s mother gave her life for the freedom of her son. “Today’s decision violates her desires for Elian and instead delivers him to a country where an oppressive director does not allow hope and where people lack the most basic human rights” said John. Awaiting for Clinton’s arrival, a group of people yelled through bullhorns, “Elian, we are with you. The people are with you.” They waved signs that said “We want Elian in the USA,” “Freedom from Cuba,” and “Down with Tyranny.” Elian is still a baby he should be allowed to live in the United States and have freedom that is what his mother wanted him to have.
Migual Gonzalez said that the boy is not going back to a dreary island prison. Elian’s mother died for the boy to enjoy freedom and justice; so he could be able to pursue happiness, to grow as an individual and to be respected as such. His mother died for his future.
There using Elian as a toy and Fidel Castro is saying “He’s mine not yours.” To them this is about fighting Castro not about the well being of the boy. Elian will grow up to risk his life at the Florida Strait or to rot in a political prison. That’s enough reason to keep him in the United States. Thank you for taking your time to read this letter.