Latest on Elian
John C. Eastman
res07ujr at VERIZON.NET
Fri Apr 12 10:28:43 PDT 2002
The Associated Press is reporting the following:
MIAMI (AP) - An Immigration and Naturalization Service attorney's e-mail
memo could have bolstered Elian Gonzalez's request for asylum during his
stay in Miami, but the then-head of the INS ordered it destroyed, a
watchdog group says.
Doris Meissner, who was INS chief at the time, said on Wednesday that
she didn't recall ordering that a specific document be destroyed. But
she described a standing policy that no notes be taken or memos
disseminated about the Cuban boy's case because of the sensitivity of
A copy of the memo survived and was made public Wednesday by the
conservative legal group, Judicial Watch. It discussed the possibility
that the Cuban boy's father at one time sought a visa to move to the
It also discussed allegations that the Cuban government had been
coercing the father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez. If coercion could be shown,
the roughly drafted e-mail memo said, INS could "potentially accept the
child's asylum's application and advise that there is no prohibition on
age to child filing application. As such PA should proceed."
Any thoughts? In light of the indictment against Arthur Anderson? or
GAO v. Cheney?
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