Elian Case Returns to the Spotlight

Great-uncle criticizes role of Obama aides in custody fight
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2008 10:10 AM CDT
Julio Martinez, left, first secretary of the Union of Communist Young people of Cuba, UJC, gives an UJC's identity card to Elian Gonzalez, left, in Havana, Saturday, June 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/AIN)
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(Newser) – When the battle over whether to send young Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba raged in 2000, Barack Obama was an Illinois state senator nowhere near the fray. But two of the candidate's current advisers played a role, and that connection has some Cuban-Americans ready to protest the senator's speech this weekend in Miami. Elian's great-uncle is leading the charge, the Miami Herald reports.

"Some wounds are so deep that they do not heal over time, such as taking a child and sealing his fate to a communist dictatorship," the uncle said. Obama's foreign-policy adviser represented Elian's father in the case, and a legal adviser was then a deputy attorney general. Obama has advocated for more open borders between the US and Cuba.