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Federal agents to be honored for role in reuniting Elian

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MIAMI — Federal agents who seized Elian Gonzalez from the home of his Miami relatives will be honored by Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner Doris Meissner at a special ceremony next week.

"We are having an awards ceremony for the people who participated in Operation Reunion — and rightly so," said Maria Cardona, an INS spokeswoman in Washington. "They were people who did an extraordinary job under extraordinary circumstances."

About 130 agents took part in the April 22 pre-dawn raid that led to the reunion of the 6-year-old boy with his Cuban father. Many in the Cuban-American community denounced the raid, which included armed agents and shots of pepper spray.