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Jesse Helms on Families & Children


Give Elian US citizenship, and decide in state court

I am genuinely concerned at the grotesque image of Elian Gonzalez being forcibly taken from the custody of family members in Miami before dawn last Saturday morning. At the outset, I urged that Attorney General Reno allow the relevant courts to make the custody judgement for Elian after all information by both sides had been heard and considered. The Attorney General firmly but politely rejected my suggestion. I proposed legislation in the Senate to award citizenship to Elian now so that whatever happens in this dispute and whether he is returned to Cuba, he would have the choice of becoming an American citizen. When he reaches the age of 18, he could walk into the office of the U.S. Interests Section in Cuba and achieve the dream for which his mother gave her life. Most of all, Elianís future ought now to be decided by U.S. courts - not by the Clinton Administration and Fidel Castro working together or separately.
Source: Statement regarding Elian Gonzalez Apr 24, 2000

Voted NO on restricting violent videos to minors.

Vote to kill an amendment that would prohibit the distribution of violent video programming to the public during hours when children are reasonably likely to comprise a substantial portion of the audience.
Bill S.254 ; vote number 1999-114 on May 13, 1999

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