A Brief History of the Elian Gonzalez Saga
Give Him Back
On Dec. 10, Elian's American relatives file an asylum request, hoping to keep the boy in Miami. Cubans are outraged. This sign, in the town of Malecon, reads "Return Elian to his Fatherland." On Jan. 5, the INS announces that Elian must be returned to Cuba by January 14. Months of lobbying and legal battles on both sides ensue. In early April, Elian's father flies to America to make his case in person. Cuban-Americans in Miami's Little Havana begin to gather around Elian's house, to prevent any attempt to remove him from the city.