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LIRS: Reunite Elian with is father in Cuba

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service called for Elian Gonzalez to be returned to his father in Cuba. "This statement is consistent with ELCA social policy," says Charles Miller, executive director of the ELCA Division for Church in Society. "Therefore we gladly associate the ELCA with the LIRS position." In its statement, LIRS said the Immigration and Naturalization Service "correctly determined" Elian's best interests to be reunification with his father.

LIRS said every child deserves the same care that Elian has received: "The Gonzalez case is in sharp contrast to the general policy and experience of Haitian and Latin American children, who have often been summarily deported."


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