Elián Gonzalez Biography

Elián Gonzalez is a man who was once embroiled in an immigration controversy. Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, controversies and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: December 6, 1993

Nationality: Cuban

Famous: Cuban Men Sagittarius Men

Age: 26 Years, 26 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Also Known As: Elian Gonzalez

Born Country: Cuba

Born in: Cardenas, Cuba

Famous as: Cuban Citizen Who Got Embroiled in Immigration Controversy


father: Juan Miguel González

mother: Elizabet Brotons

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education: University of Matanzas

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Elián Gonzalez is a Cuban industrial engineer. In 2000, as a young boy, he was the subject of a bitter international custody and immigration dispute, which involved the governments of Cuba and the United States, his father, Juan Miguel González Quintana, his other relatives in Cuba and Miami, Florida, and Miami's Cuban American community. While trying to get to the United States from Cuba illegally with her boyfriend and Elián, his mother perished at sea. At first, he was put with his paternal relatives in Miami who wanted to keep him in US, disregarding his father’s demands of sending him back to Cuba. A US district court in Florida ruled that only his father, and not the relatives, could apply for asylum on his behalf. This judgement was vindicated by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Following the US Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case, Elián was sent back to his father in Cuba. He has since grown up and studied industrial engineering at the University of Matanzas. Following his graduation, he joined a state-run company as a technology specialist.

Childhood & Early Life
Involvement of US Federal Authorities
  • Attorney General Reno instructed the relatives to hand over Elián to his father by April 13, 2000, but they refused. A Florida family court judge subsequently took away Lázaro's temporary custody.
  • The relatives threatened violence if the federal authorities came to their property to take the boy. On 22 April 2000, over a hundred federal agents conducted the raid and secured Elián.
Reunion with His Father
  • Elián saw his father again four hours after the raid at Andrews Air Force Base. The following day, a photograph showing a smiling Elián with his father, stepmother, and half-brother was published by the White House. The relatives said it was not the real Elián in the picture. While Elián and his father were in US, the relatives tried every legal option available to them.
  • On June 1, 2000, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling of the US District Court. On 28 June, the US Supreme Court denied the relatives’ request to hear the case. On the same day, Elián travelled back to Cuba.
Later Years
  • Elián was raised by his father and stepmother in Cárdenas. In 2015, it was revealed that he had plans of marrying his high-school sweetheart. He graduated with a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Matanzas in July 2016 and was subsequently hired as a technology specialist at a state-run company that supplies large plastic water tanks.

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