Magazine article Insight on the News

What about Justice for All the Cuban Kids?

Magazine article Insight on the News

What about Justice for All the Cuban Kids?

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While the mainstream press has been obsessed with the Elian Gonzalez tug-of-war story, the plight of another Cuban parent who survived the capsized boat along with Elian in that tragic journey has been all but ignored. Until now.

News alert! has learned that survivor Arianne Horta also is waiting to be reunited with her daughter, Estefani, just as Elian's father waits to be reunited with his son. Only this parent is in Miami while her 6-year-old daughter remains in Cuba with a grandparent. Unfortunately, unlike Elian, the daughter does not have the support and power of public notoriety or political posturing from lawmakers demanding the daughter be reunited with her mother. The Immigration and Naturalization Service has had Horta's petition for asylum nearly three months now. Until it is processed and residency established, her daughter cannot request a "release" from Cuba.

Horta, the sole female survivor of the fateful boat crossing with Elian, initially placed her daughter on the rickety boat but decided to return the child to shore after the engine failed. …

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