December 6, 2007, - 11:29 am

Not Again: Meet the New Elian Gonzalez

By Debbie Schlussel
Remember Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban 7-year-old who was seized by armed INS agents in 2000 and sent back to a life in Cuba? His mother fled Cuba in a makeshift boat so that she and her son could be free. Sadly, our governmnet made sure that didn’t happen. Thanks, Janet Reno.
Unfortunately, instead of recognizing that this was a case of a life of freedom versus a life under tyranny, many father’s rights groups–with whom I usually agree–painted this as a father’s rights case. It was anything but.
Now, a similar case has been resolved in favor of the Cuban father . . . yet again. But, this time, there isn’t the fanfare that there was with Elian, and yet again, a young Cuban child–this time a girl–will be returned to Communist tyranny, despite the wishes of her mother.

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Elian Gonzalez, the Sequel

In 2005, a Cuban mother and her son and five-year-old daughter emigrated to the United States. After that, the mother became suicidal, and the children were cared for by former sports agent, Joe Cubas and his wife Maria. They adopted the boy, but were unsuccessful in adopting his half-sister, the girl at issue in this case. That’s because her father, Cuban farmer Rafael Izquierdo, came here and fought for her custody, with the Castro government paying the tab.
Sound familiar? It’s the same old story, with a similar ending. On Tuesday. The Cubas’ were forced to settle with Izquierdo, who will get sole custody of her and return her to repressive Communist CastroLand.
The only improvement upon the Elian Gonzalez case is that Izquierdo and his daughter must remain in the U.S. until 2010, when she will be seven. Hopefully, by then, they will have acquired a taste for freedom and will not return.

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11 Responses

wishfully, prior to 2010, castro’s body temperature will be that of the six foot soil temperature in cuba.

louielouie on December 6, 2007 at 11:59 am

This Elian escapade was a travesty. This was not about father’s rights groups. This was a Fidel Castro propaganda stunt with the father merely a stooge of Elian. Here is what I think went down – Elian was found by boaters off the coast of Florida clining to a raft. It made international headlines. The father was visited by Castro’s “agents” who promised him lots of perks and privileges if he went along with their plan to humiliate the US.
Hence, the Reno justice department decided to make a statement, and needed to subdue this dangerous 5 year old (I think he was 4 or 5, not 7) with machine guns. In the duration of this controversy, 9/11 was in its final planning stages by practitioners of the religion of peace who overstayed their visa, and about 100,000 illegals streamed across the Mexican-US border with impunity.

JasonBourne81 on December 6, 2007 at 12:19 pm

The Elian Gonzalez escapade was both PR deal for the Castro gov’t further aided by the incompetency and ignorance of the Clinton cabinet, primarily Janet “Gator-maid” Reno. Although this latest Cuban comedy of errors appears to be another deja vu, I’m perplexed as to why the father rears his ugly face after two years to get his daughter back but didn’t care enough about his son as to come over here immediately and try to get him, if he professes to love him so much.
This smacks of political BS, as usual, and leads me to wonder why Izquierdo is allowed to be paroled into this country to live and work until his daughter turns seven when he can whisk her away to the commie cabana? Makes me ill when I think of aliens I have encountered who worked their asses off, filed all their documents, paid all their fees; trying to enter this country the right way only to get tanked because of some anal-retentive minor paperwork mistake that one of the lazy examiners could have easily corrected.
It’s this BS that has me asking where the f**king priorities are!

1shot1kill on December 6, 2007 at 3:10 pm

1shot1kill,
I have had this exact story happen with professional , college educated relatives who immigrated from Ireland. Some incompetent or malcontent in the INS (or whatever idiotic agency is now responsible) notices some mundane error with some assinine piece of paper, and deportation/harrassment/thousands of dollars in legal fees are thrown out. All the while tens of thousands of Mexicans hop the fence or the Rio Grande. Just makes you see where priorities lay.

JasonBourne81 on December 6, 2007 at 3:44 pm

This is a stupid story to report on. If the child’s mother (described as suicidal) is either dead or incapacitated or deemed unfit to care for her daughter, then she should be with her father. Absolutely no question. Any idiot who thinks they can determine where a child should live using only their personal views about what country a child came from, should be silenced.If the mother is capable of raising her child here in the U.S., then the child should stay here.If a person is stupid enough to decide on a child’s life based on politics instead of family, that person is an ASS. Flat out. Stupid, Debbie. Very stupid. Very unwise. You should know better, speaking about your love for your father in a story further up the page.

jeff on December 6, 2007 at 4:45 pm

JB81,
maybe you should accompany your potato eating relatives back to Ireland or teach them how to fill out paperwork properly.

ficedup on December 6, 2007 at 6:23 pm

“If the child’s mother is either dead or incapacitated or deemed unfit to care for her daughter, then she should be with her father. Absolutely no question.”
So, if mom got the kid out of Austria before the Anschluss, you’d send her back.
“Flat out. Stupid, Very stupid. Very unwise.”
You took the words right out of my mouth.

DocLiberty on December 6, 2007 at 10:38 pm

Apples and oranges, Libertyboy. Get a clue.

jeff on December 7, 2007 at 10:12 am

Cuba will have to admit Castro is dead by 2010, and it won’t matter any more. That was a smart ruling.

GEB4000 on December 7, 2007 at 1:23 pm

JB81,
maybe you should accompany your potato eating relatives back to Ireland or teach them how to fill out paperwork properly.
Posted by: ficedup
Ficedup,
Maybe you should stop fornicating with your sister underneath your trailer, get your ass inside, and pick up the blunts and 40s your mom left on the floor while turning tricks last night. Maybe you should learn how to correctly fill out a McDonalds application before you start telling others how to fill out paperwork. I’d be more concerned about the Mexican illegals than decent people coming across, since the Mexicans take all the low skill jobs people like you perform. My relatives would be your boss about 10 times removed – the only time you’d see them is if one of them happened to take a piss in the bathroom you were cleaning.

JasonBourne81 on December 7, 2007 at 7:45 pm

JB81,
I don’t have a sister, 4 brothers all Irish Catholics and You are what I thought you were.. A racist. The law applies to all nationalities not just hispanics….BTW I arrest the people that violate the law, so don’t get your panties in a wad. You have a wonderful life and don’t forget the Temple Bar area of Dublin, is a good place to go to meet people.

ficedup on December 9, 2007 at 12:31 pm

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