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Elian Gonzalez Lawyers Expected in Federal Court in Ongoing Effort to Block Boy's Return to Cuba

Aired January 19, 2000 - 2:03 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Lawyers for 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez are expected in federal court in Miami in their ongoing effort to block the boy's return to Cuba.

CNN's Susan Candiotti is following the story from the courthouse -- Susan.

SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hello, Lou.

Attorneys don't expect to learn much this day other than which judge is expected to be assigned this case. They hope that they stand a better chance with a federal judge than they did with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, which has twice turned them down for a political asylum hearing.

In papers expected to be filed shortly, attorneys for Elian Gonzalez's Florida relatives will argue that the boy deserves a day in court and that his great uncle, who was granted temporary custody by a state judge, has, indeed, a voice in this case. However, legal experts say their chances are pretty slim.

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DAVID ABRAHAM, IMMIGRATION LAW EXPERT: Their chances in federal court are slim, and I believe the outcome will reflect that there's been very little legal basis for the action that the Miami family and supporters have been undertaking these past weeks.

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CANDIOTTI: Elian's father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, in Cuba has repeatedly said he has no intention of coming to the United States to fight for his son, instead relying on the U.S. government to follow through with its order to reunite him with his child.

There has been some ongoing discussion about the possibility of one or both of the boy's grandmothers coming to the United States in order to escort the boy home, but not unless they have some kind of assurance that they will not become involved in some sort of legal entanglement here.

Finally, we can tell you this, Lou, that attorneys representing the boy's Florida relatives do have a lot of experience in immigration matters. They used to be U.S. government attorneys for U.S. Immigration.

Back to you, Lou.

WATERS: All right, Susan Candiotti in Miami, we'll be back to you.

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