Elian Gonzalez Toes the Line in Message to U.S. Relatives

The boy who symbolizes the tug-of-war between Cuba and America finally speaks.


On the 10th anniversary of Elian Gonzalez's return to Cuba after a huge international custody battle, the 16-year-old speaks about his feelings about the matter. He says that he's not angry at his Miami relatives who fought to keep him in the United States but is happy with his father in Cuba. He thanked Americans for helping him to return home to his father. Gonzalez's father, Juan Miguel, stated that he is still angry with the family for making him go through an ordeal to get his son back, when they could have helped reunite the pair. Elian maintains that he harbors no anger with his relatives because they are family. Now, that's toeing the line.