Should Elian Gonzalez go back to Cuba or stay in the United States?


Should Elian Gonzalez go back to Cuba or stay in the United States? This seems to be the question drenching the media on a constant bases. Every newspaper, news broadcast, and magazine seem to have a story about Elian. Titles like ?Elian?s Grandmothers are coming to the US?, seems kind of silly if you read the headline literally. I don?t mean to be cold but why do we care if Elian?s grandmother is coming to the US? Thousands of grandmas have come to the US everyday, but we don?t hear about them. The media has turned this dilemma into a circus. All that aside, the question and heated debate of whether or not Elian should stay still plagues us.

Everyone seems to have an opinion on this subject. If you ask people casually what they think should happen, you will get very definite answers and plenty of information to back up there opinions. I have asked many colleagues and friends this question. I myself do not have the answer and do not think I am the one to judge. I have spoken to Cubans friends who say the conditions are so terrible over there that there is no way the boy should go back. They speak of old, decrepit, tiny homes with way to many people living in a single dwelling. They speak of a place that has little food and no milk for their children. I have been told of the conditions in the schools and their lack of proper facilities. These acquantenses tell me that Castro his controlling the boy?s father, monitoring his phone calls and making sure he tells everyone that he wants his boy to come home. They say he is not able to say what he really wants for fear of himself and family. For fear that Castro will take away the family?s food and shelter in Cuba. Over all, the general picture that has been painted is not pretty. The only thing not in debate is the fact that children their live a very different life from the majority of the children in the United States.

On the other hand, there are the people that believe the child should be with his natural father. That where the child lives does not matter, what matters is whom the child is with. They say he has lost his mother and should not be taken away from his father. They feel that the natural parent has a right to choose where the child should live. The child is too young to know what is best for him. Again, the people who believe this are ademit about it and can see no other solution.

Like I said earlier, I don?t really have an opinion on whether or not the child should go back to Cuba. I think what is important is whether or not the child is happy. I think they should ask Elian what he wants and let him decide. If he says he wants to stay, then let him stay, he can always change his mind later and go be with his father. I think it would be unkind to force the child to do something he did not want to do.

I truly believe that this is a sad case because there is no way to make everyone happy. Elian and his family will be hurt either way. Elian himself has said that he does not want to go back to Cuba. Can you blame him? The child has seen so many things since he has been in the United States. He realizes, even at his young age, that there is more for him here. This child will probably be in limbo for several months even years to come. This battle could drag on forever. I feel sorry for the judge that will have to make this very important decision. The question and heated debate of whether or not Elian should stay will continue to plague us until a judge makes a decision.