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US-Cuba Relations / Elian's Custody Case #191974

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 06, 2000
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The arrival of six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez's father Juan Miguel in the United States noted.

(Miami: Ron Claiborne) The breakdown of talks between the government and Elian's Miami relatives reviewed; details given of the contentious legal issues. [Miami relatives' attorney Jose GARCIA-PEDROSA - outlines the Justice Department's positions.] Hints that the relatives will not obey an INS directive to hand Elian over noted. [Miami relatives' attorney Kendall COFFEY - backs the state court order.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Bethesda: Linda Douglass) The presence of Elian's father in the US featured. [Deputy attorney general Eric HOLDER - says father and son should be together.] [Elian's father Juan Miguel GONZALEZ - criticizes the pressure on Elian.] [United Methodist Church Thom FASSETT - comments on Juan Miguel's availability.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings; Pentagon: John McWethy) The background to Juan Miguel Gonzalez, who lives relatively well in Cuba,and as to whether he might defect from the United States discussed and reviewed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Interview held with ABC News legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin about the law in Elian's case. [TOOBIN - says the law upholds giving the son back to the father; indicates the predicament for the US Immigration and Naturalization Services in this particular case.]

Claiborne, Ron;
Douglass, Linda;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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