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A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE DECISIONS BY THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL COURTS ON THE ELIAN GONZALEZ ASYLUM PETITION

M. Guillermina MAGALLÓN GÓMEZ *

The author of this article ma-kes a legal analysis of the well known case of "the little life raft boy" which is the way the world press classified the minor child -of Cuban citizenship- Elian Gonzalez, who was the sole survivor of the sinking of a vessel on which his mother had furtively departed from Cuba. The significance which this case had on the world's communications media now permits the reader to understand the legal essence which permitted the North American Court to reject the asylum petition filed by his maternal relatives; contrary to the interest of his own father.

*M. Guillermina Magallón is a doctor in Jurisprudence and a partner with the firm of Magallón & Sklar, LLP in Houston, Texas. Ms. Magallón is a licenced attorney in the Republic of Mexico and the United States of America where she is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of Texas.

 
 

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