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Cynthia Calgaro

Wading through rough waters

For the past 40 years, Arnaldo and Gloria Rodriguez, owners of the Arlington, Va., Cuban restaurant "La Cantanita," have seen their family and friends leave Cuba and Fidel Castro's regime. One of Arnaldo's employees ran through a minefield at age 17 to escape. "The boy in front of him had his leg blown off," he said. Arnaldo and Gloria are two of many Cuban Americans who think Elián Gonzalez, the six-year-old Cuban boy thrown into a politically-charged custody battle between the United States and Cuba, belongs in the U.S. "I'm the first one to say that a father should be with his son.

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