we would have been on equally firm legal ground to let him stay. we have a clear policy on Cubans. also, once he was here, he immediately came under our constitutional law. why did we not petition the Cuban government to let his father come here on humanitarian grounds? the reno justice department made a calculated decision. most of their calculated decisions were bad.
Elian's father did come here, but didn't want to stay here. Ultimately, isn't it the parents' decision on what country they want to raise their kids in?
So in this case, the Brazillian govt. could have said the same thing... why is it any different in reverse?