Elian Gonzalez wants to come to the U.S.

“To the American people, first I say thank you for the love they give me,” Gonzalez said. “I want the time to give my love to American people.”

Gonzalez was found floating off of Florida’s coast in 1999, after the boat he was in with his mother capsized. Gonzalez stayed with his uncle in Miami, but the 6-year-old boy soon found himself at the center of a tug of war between Cuba and the United States over whether he should remain in this country or be returned to his father in Cuba.

Today, Gonzalez says he’d like to come back to the United States, but only as a tourist, telling ABC News he’d like to see a baseball game, visit Washington museums and talk to Americans.