MIAMI (AP) -- The fate of Elian Gonzalez remains undecided while a federal judge weighs arguments on whether to interfere with a decision by federal immigration officials to send the 6-year-old back to his father in Cuba.
As demonstrators tied up traffic outside, U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore heard arguments Thursday in a suit filed by Elian's great-uncle, Lazaro Gonzalez.The U.S. government asked the judge to dismiss the case, which asks the court to compel the Immigration and Naturalization Service to give the boy a political asylum hearing.
Moore recessed the hearing after three hours and gave no indication of when he might rule.
Georgina Cid Cruz, Elian's cousin, said family members were optimistic about how the judge would rule.
"We are very satisfied with the judge's reaction to all this," she said. "Elian is going to get a fair (hearing) after all."
Edwin Kneedler, a government attorney, said the boy's father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, opposed asylum for his son.