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Elian Gonzalez All Grown Up and embracing Fatherhood

Elian Gonzalez says he is going to be a papa. In a Father’s Day Facebook post, Gonzalez said his own father, who famously brought him back from Miami to Cuba, is his inspiration.

Protests, demonstrations and rallies were held in both countries, on both sides of the issue. Gonzalez was found on Thanksgiving Day 1999 in an inner tube off the South Florida coast after his mother and nine others died trying to escape Cuba. He lived with relatives in Little Havana for several turbulent months. His aunt wanted him to stay in the US per his mother’s wishes. US Immigration officials and FBI agents, armed with tear gas and guns, eventually seized the boy during a terrifying middle-of-the-night raid on Easter weekend.

Elian Gonzalez is held in a closet by Donato Dalrymple, one of the two men who rescued the boy from the ocean, right, as government officials search the home of Lazaro Gonzalez for the young boy, in the early morning, in this April 22, 2000 file photo, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
The boy was reunited with his father and has grown up in Cuba where he now plans to become a father himself.