Elian González

You remember the saga of Elian González. The Cuban boy arrived in Miami in 1999. He and 12 others were on a small aluminum boat heading to Florida. Along the way, his mother and most of the other people died. Then began a custody battle for González, with family members in Miami fighting to keep him in the United States just as hard as his father tried to get him sent back to Cuba. He was eventually sent back to Cuba, as his other family members could not petition for asylum on his behalf. This story was the only thing people talked about for a while, and it’s conclusion left many Floridians (and other Americans) angry.

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.