Focus Point - Apologies to ElianCommentary by Pete du Pont
May 16, 2000
I'm Pete du Pont with the National Center for Policy Analysis. Yesterday I talked about the way Elian Gonzalez was used by democratic party donors as a carnival exhibit. It's just one more thing to apologize to him for -- along with, of course, sending him back to Cuba. This administration clearly won't apologize to him. So I will.
I thought this country was open to the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Elian's mother died trying to get him here. Doesn't that count?
I thought the fourth amendment guaranteed the right to be secure in your home. Clinton and Reno say they had a warrant, but it was for seizing an illegal alien, which Elian was not. Let's face it: they were afraid of losing in court, never getting Elian back to Cuba to keep Castro happy.
So Elian, on behalf of those in the United States who still believe in the rule of law -- and the words on the statue of liberty -- I'm sorry.
Those are my ideas, and at the NCPA we know ideas can change the world. I'm Pete du Pont. Next time, riding out the market.