The day Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez left Ohio for Mexico he did so leaving his wife and children behind in tears. The Elyria man, who lived with his family in a neat little home on West River Road South, brought the national issue of illegal status and deportation to Elyria by way of a neighbor’s own personal story.
Hernandez-Ramirez, who is 46, first came to the United States from Mexico before 2001. After a number of deportations, the husband and father was once again ordered to leave the country this year.
In the months since, Hernandez-Ramirez’s wife, Seleste Wisniewski, has had to relearn what it means to be a single mom, caring for her sons, Luis, and Juan, a permanently disabled wheelchair-bound man.
The Cleveland Catholic Diocese Bishop Nelson Perez has also weighed in on the deportation, saying it’s a prime example of why there needs to be comprehensive immigration reform in the country.
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