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Rafael Izquierdo, the embattled father in the "Elian Gonzalez II" case in Miami, yesterday expressed anger over the impact Florida Department of Children & Families' new legal appeal will have on his daughter's schooling. He explained: "I don't want her to fail second grade," he said. "I thought everything was going to be a lot faster." Izquierdo, who a Florida court found to be a fit, committed father, is fighting DCF's long, expensive, and highly-publicized effort to keep his five-year-old girl in foster care. This week, Fathers & Families and I launched a campaign in defense of Izquierdo, and Florida officials have received thousands of letters, faxes, and calls from our supporters. To email and fax the relevant Florida DCF officials, click here. The Associated Press discusses our campaign in Cuban girl's fate left hanging during appeal (St. Petersburg Times & others, 10/17/07). Laura Wides-Munoz, the AP reporter, can be reached at [email protected]. To learn more about the "Elian Gonzalez II" case, visit our campaign page here.

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