I am angered by the column regarding the Cuban custody case by Kathleen Parker (10/22, Opinion, “Just as with Elian, child belongs with her father”).
It seems she, like so many others, are unaware or oblivious to the fact that over 15,000 children came to the United States in the early 1960s unaccompanied by their parents in what was known as Operacion Pedro Pan (Operation Peter Pan).
For several years that followed, the Cuban government intentionally denied visas to the parents of those children seeking to be reunited with their families. Each time a visa was denied, those “biological” parents had to wait another full year to apply once again.
Why was it less important for children to be with their biological parents in the ’60s? The importance Cuba now places on family is hypocritical.
Jacqueline Bustillo Lucas