(CNSNews.com)- Attorney General Janet Reno is pleased with a ruling by a federal court in Atlanta denying an asylum hearing for 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez, who remains with his father in Washington.
"These three federal appellate judges have now joined with a federal district court judge and a Florida state court judge in recognizing the authority of the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) to make this determination," Reno said at a news conference.
"This is a very important step," Reno continued, "in achieving the goal we have sought from the very beginning -- to give Juan Miguel (Elian's natural born father) and his family the opportunity to return to a life together. I am hopeful that this matter will soon reach a final resolution, so that Elian and his father and the family may resume their lives away from the scrutiny of the media and the uncertainty that the legal battle has caused for his entire family."
"I hope that all of us, regardless of our disagreements about this case, can join together and wish these people well," Reno said. "Elian remains in his father's care but he and his family will not immediately depart the United States. The injunction will remain in effect until the court's mandate in this case is issued."