Miami's Cuban-American community embraced little Elian as their own. He was an honored guest at the community's annual Three Kings Day parade in January. Cuban-American politicians, who also understood Elian's significance, made sure they took up the cause to keep him in the United States. Here, at that parade, Elian is joined by Congresspersons Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
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