Court asked to reject asylum for Elian

Tuesday May 02 by Claudia bourneusatoday
Juan Miguel Gonzalez wants a federal appeals court to reject the political asylum claims filed on behalf of his son, Elian, by the boy's Miami relatives. A motion on the father's behalf was filed Monday with the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta by his lawyer, Gregory Craig. A brief accompanying the motion argues that the father believes Elian ''craves the familiarity of his own bedroom'' in Cuba. The brief asks the appeals court to uphold a March 21 ruling by a U.S. District judge in Miami that the court has no right to second guess the government on matters of asylum. The appeals court has scheduled a hearing for May 11.

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