ELYRIA – A 42-year-old Elyria man who faced imminent deportation due to his undocumented status will get to stay in the country temporarily.
Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez could be released from a Geauga County Jail as early as today, said his attorney David Leopold.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Khaalid Walls said after conducting a further review of Hernandez’s case, ICE has granted him a one-year stay of removal. The decision was handed down Friday morning, roughly 24 hours after his wife, Seleste Wisniewski, made the family’s story public.
Hernandez is one of many. At last count, there were 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S., according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Leopold said he is still waiting on details about when his client will be released, but expects it to be soon.
“This is the news we have been hoping for,” he said. “Pedro wants nothing more than to return to his family and pursue what he has always wanted and that is to become an American citizen.”
Leopold hopes legislators will do their part in the next year to pass immigration reform legislation and streamline the path to citizenship.
“The Obama administration has promised smart enforcement and this is an example of smart enforcement. This man is a loving father of four that only wants to stay with his family,” Leopold said.
Hernandez and Wisniewski have been together for 10 years. When they got together, she had three children from a previous relationship. Hernandez has since stepped up and became the father to all three children including Wisniewski’s oldest son who has severe cerebral palsy and needs round-the-clock care.