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1. Deportation of Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez

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    A TSA Agent talks to Pedro Hernandez and his family after returning his Mexican Passport. The agent was explaining where they needed to go next to board the plane.

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    Pedro Hernandez gets his last hugs as he enters the final TSA checkpoint for his deportation to Mexico.

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    Family attorney David Leopold looks over the boarding pass as he talks to Pedro Hernandez and his wife Seleste Wisniewski shortly before Hernandez boarded his flight at Cleveland Hopkins.

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    Pedro Hernandez and his wife Seleste Wisnieski wait in line at the Delta Airlines counter at Hopkins International Airport on Thursday. Hernandez, an Elyria resident, is being deported to Mexico.

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    Pedro Hernandez says goodbye to his wife, Seleste Wisnieski before he is deported.

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    Pedro Hernandez is scheduled to leave the country Thursday. he is shown sitting on the stairs of his home taking a break after talking about his case.

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    Pedro Hernandez looks out the front door of his home less than 24 hours from his time to head to the airport to be deported back to Mexico.

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    Seleste Wisniewski cries as she is overwhelmed by the idea of her husbands pending deportation. Pedro Hernandez is scheduled to leave the country Thursday.

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    Pedro Hernandez holds his crying son, Luis Angel Hernandez and his wife Seleste Wisniewski as he talks about his deportation. He is scheduled to leave the country Thursday.

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    A deportation order will break up the Elyria family of Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez, back left, Luis Angel, back middle, Seleste Wisniewski and Juan Pino, front.

    PHOTO COURTESY SELESTE WISNIEWSKI

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    Bishop Nelson Perez, left, Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez, right and Hernandez-Ramirez's son Luis Angel stand together in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office in Cleveland.

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    Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez kneels and embraces Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez on Tuesday evening in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office in downtown Cleveland.

    PHOTO COURTESY SELESTE WISNIEWSKI

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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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