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Elian Gonzalez Case: Cuban Visitors Expected this Afternoon

Aired April 27, 2000 - 1:08 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: Elian Gonzalez, his father, and the rest of that family remain in seclusion at the Carmichael Farm on the Eastern shores of Maryland, while the backlash over Elian's removal from his Miami relatives moves to Washington.

A group of Florida demonstrators heads to the White House, they're protesting how Elian was taken from his great uncle's home last weekend. U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno says she acted when she did because the situation was not getting better.

But Reno says she worried about the raid's effect on the boy.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JANET RENO, U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: How he would feel, suddenly being put in the arms of a stranger, what would he think, how frightened would he be, and I kept thinking, I wish that I could see him when his daddy gets on the plane.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WATERS: Elian is expecting some visitors from Cuba today.

CNN's Patty Davis joins us now from Queenstown, Maryland, with more about that -- Patty.

PATTY DAVIS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right. That visit is expected this afternoon. His favorite 10-year-old cousin from Cuba as well as a former schoolteacher expected here at Carmichael Farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore where Elian's temporary home is, to visit him.

Those two arrived in the United States yesterday. They flew all day from Havana. They -- their goal here to get -- to help Elian get his life back to normal. They came through the airport in Mexico, then went through New York and then worked their way into Washington. They will be here with Elian while he's awaiting court action on his case.

Elian's father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, yesterday for the first time introducted himself into that court case. He asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to name him as the sole person who can speak for his son. The Miami relatives have been speaking for him, Lazaro, the great uncle, up to this point. And they have asked that a guardian be appointed, a legal guardian for the boy. They also are demanding access to him, also the want a psychiatrist and a doctor to see Elian.

Elian, his father, his stepmother, his half younger brother are staying behind me at the Carmichael Farm, it's across the Wye River. We have some pictures showing a little closer up view what it looked like when we were out there this morning. From the water, you can see several different homes there. Elian and his family are staying on the complex. We are not sure which one of those houses that you are seeing that he is staying in, but he is definitely staying on the grounds, we are told, in a cottage.

Plenty of room for visitors and he should have plenty of visitors, in fact, four of Elian's classmates as well as four of their parents now do have visas to come to the United States from Cuba to spend some time with him here as well -- Lou.

WATERS: Patty Davis in Queenstown, Maryland.

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