September 3, 2014

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Elyria man avoids deportation

After the Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrived at this families' door for Padro Ramirez Hernandez, their lives have not been the same.  Stephanie Rodriguez, 16, Seleste Wisniewski, Jessica Pino, 21, Luis-Angel Hernandez, 5, and Juan Pino, 24, stand in the foyer of their Elyria home as they plan to fight for Padro's safe return.  Padro was moved to Geauga County Jail Wednesday, and they are praying he will not be deported Friday or the following Monday. Kristin Bauer

After the Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrived at this families’ door for Padro Ramirez Hernandez, their lives have not been the same. Stephanie Rodriguez, 16, Seleste Wisniewski, Jessica Pino, 21, Luis-Angel Hernandez, 5, and Juan Pino, 24, stand in the foyer of their Elyria home as they plan to fight for Padro’s safe return. Padro was moved to Geauga County Jail Wednesday, and they are praying he will not be deported Friday or the following Monday.
Kristin Bauer

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.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.

  • Bob Sweatt

    Gee I hope if I ever BREAK THE LAW. I will get a one year stay of my conviction.

    What kind of crap is that??? I am sure putting the dude in the wheelchair help get sympathy for this douche bag.

    • ao83

      Pretty sure they didn’t put the guy in the wheelchair for sympathy, he has cerebral palsy. Last time I checked a wheelchair is usually necessary for a person with that disease. So maybe you are the douche bag for what you said. After all, we are all immigrants!!

      • Bob Sweatt

        I know he needs the wheelchair. I am just saying they are using him to get sympathy.

        Read what I wrote not what you want to read.

    • stop ur whining

      its great isn’t it Bob?

      • Bob Sweatt

        What kills me is people thinks it’s OK for this guy to break the law and not be punished for it. All because he has kids now. Ok then every drug dealer in jail now who has kids should be set free.

  • Nanette Bennington Hartman

    someone do this research, I am curious to know the numbers. does the US immigration ONLY mess with the Mexican immigrants? I NEVER HEAR of other immigrants. but there are…

    • Bob Sweatt

      Mexican are usually the only ones that come here illegally. That is why you only hear about them.

    • Barbara Radke

      Perhaps that’s because you don’t often leave Lorain County or visit areas that illegals frequent. Believe me I do charity work in Columbus (and yes in Elyria), and you would go home crying your eyes out at the things people go through to keep their children from becoming prostitutes (boys and girls), from having to work for drug cartels. Yep that’s the real world and yes they would rather come to the USA and do the best they can for their children. Frankly, I would swim any river, cross any bridge, fight any battle for my children just as so many from Afghanistan, Africa, Somalia,Iraq and so many other countries do.

      • Bob Sweatt

        Oh I would do anything for my children as well. But I would do it legally. Not spend 10 years illegally in a country

        • Beth

          I would do something illegal to keep my kids safe. But I would know the risks if I got caught. Mexico is felling apart, Barbara is correct: its not like there are a lot of options, but we shouldn’t just say “oh well…let everyone in”

          • Bob Sweatt

            It’s not our fault that Mexico is falling apart. There are legal ways to come into this country and be able to stay in this country.

            I am the son and grandson of a immigrants.

          • Jon Adams

            Mexico is falling apart and, yes, the United States DOES have something to do with it. Starting with the War on Drugs.

          • Jon Adams

            I am the descendant of immigrants too.

          • Bob Sweatt

            Wait, what???? It’s the US’s fault for Mexico being a craphole because we are enforcing drug laws. That is the lamest argument.

          • Jon Adams

            Our drug laws area also doing damage to the United States.

        • Jon Adams

          You would do ANYTHING — including crossing the border — for YOUR kids, if you were in their situation.

          • Bob Sweatt

            Sure and I would probably parade my girlfriend’s disabled son around to get sympathy too.

            It’s funny how you seem to think this is the United States fault that he has to be deported.

    • rlm_Lorain

      Bob, there are a LOT of nationalities in the country illegally. I personally know someone from Japan who is in this country illegally, has been convicted of cocaine trafficking, solicitation (prostitution), and animal cruelty, all the while collecting SSI. Please tell me how it is even possible that this person is still in the USA, especially since the courts have been involved with her MULTIPLE times, yet this guy who is trying to help his family is being threatened with deportation. I don’t get it. And yes, I’ve called INS. They basically told me they have bigger fish to fry than to worry about this one person.

      • Bob Sweatt

        I know there are a lot of different nationalities here illegally. She ask about why we focus on Mexicans. So I told her why.

        And that is just messed up that person from Japan is still here.

        When it come to this man. All I am saying is, he was here illegally and should be deported. Not matter what he has going on here. He has had 10 years to become a legal citizen and he choose not to. Now he has to pay for his crime.

        • rlm_Lorain

          She has a legitimate question, and to state that “Mexican are usually the only ones that come here illegally. That is why you only hear about them” is simply erroneous. And I think you missed my point entirely. Of COURSE he should have tried to make his stay here legal. I don’t like paying for benefits for illegal citizens any more than you do. What I DON’T understand is why you would deport an otherwise law-abiding citizen, yet allow another illegal immigrant with several FELONY convictions to stay here AND collect SSI (yours and my tax dollars). Why aren’t they deporting BOTH of them???

          • Bob Sweatt

            Oh I am for all illegals being kicked out of here. Especially if they break the law.

            I just think it’s retarded for people to sit on here and say that this man should be allowed to stay based on the fact that he has a family now. That’s all I am saying.

    • Pablo Jones

      The largest portion of illegal immigrants come from Latin-America, the
      majority from Mexico. But there are also illegal immigrants from all
      over the world and they do get picked up and deported just the same. But as you would expect the proportion of news stories about illegal immigrants reflects to proportions of where they come from.

      FYI President Obama had an Aunt that was an illegal in the US.

    • Mark

      you don’t need the research to understand the simple math… mexicans can (illegally) walk across a desert like hell to get into the US. The Az/Tx/Ca boundary border is a lot of real estate land.

      All others come through airports/(boat.. not common practice anymore)… and there are customs control points to get in. They can’t get in “illegally”. It’s why Mexicans don’t fly into America.

      • Pablo Jones

        That’s right many from other countries enter legally, school visas, tourist visas, temporary work visas, etc. But when their time is up they still stay. Once they stay they become illegal.

  • Bob Sweatt

    The sentence about Pedro wanting to become a citizen made me laugh.

    Of course he does, NOW!!! It doesn’t take 10 years to become a US Citizen if you do it the legal way

    • Traci Anne Wolford

      You’re right; sometimes it takes LONGER. Why don’t you talk to someone who has applied to become a citizen? Oh, you probably don’t associate with anybody who isn’t white and has a little red around their neck. Douche bag.

      • Bob Sweatt

        LOL That’s funny.

        My mother is an Irish immigrant. Who did it the legal way and has lived in this country for the last 50 years.

        When my parents divorce my mother had to work two jobs to support her four children. And she did everything without government assistants.

        So I know what this family is going through. But I know it for the right and legal way.

        Plus when my grandparent moved over here from Ireland. It only took them about 5 years to get their citizenship.

        It doesn’t take very long to become a legal citizen if you do it the legal way.

        Just because I don’t agree with you and think this man should be deported because HE BROKEN THE LAW. Does not make me a racist.

        • Traci Anne Wolford

          You mean assistanCE? And speaking of breaking the law, you’ve NEVER jaywalked? You’ve NEVER gotten a speeding ticket? You’ve NEVER done ANYTHING illegal, whether you go caught or not? If not, then you must be Jesus Christ. If you have, breaking the law is breaking the law is breaking the law, and that, in turn just makes you a hypocrite and you’d be FAR more worthy of the title of douche bag than he is.

          • Bob Sweatt

            Are you really that stupid?? Getting a speeding ticket and living in this country for 10 years illegally are two different things completely.

            To answer your question. Yes I have gotten a speeding tickets or two. But here’s the thing. I PAID FOR THAT CRIME by paying the fine.

            Now it’s Pedro’s turn to PAY for his CRIME. No matter what he has done over the last 10 years. ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL.

            The only good thing about what’s going on with this man is apparently he has a really good lawyer. Because if dumb people like you were defending him. He would be doing life in a Mexican jail.

          • Traci Anne Wolford

            Awww. Does it make you feel better to name-call? And does it hurt your wittle feelings to get it called back to you, along with pointing out your hypocrisy? You just call me all the names you want; I’ve been called worse by a lot better class of people than you. :)

          • Bob Sweatt

            I really think you don’t know what a hypocrite is, you need to explain why you think I am a hypocrite.

          • Bob Sweatt

            And sweetheart. I am a veteran. I foght for the right to speak my mind. Especially when I comes to someone getting away with a crime.

            I noticed you decided not to respond to me pointing out how much of a hypocrite you are being.

            Again you brought a knife to a gun fight.

          • Bob Sweatt

            As for the name calling. You started that off by stating I must be a racist because I don’t agrew with you moronic point of view in this matter.

          • Bob Sweatt

            And if you think this guy should get away with this crime. Then how about the drug dealer that was just arrested a few weeks ago. How about some love for him?? Why aren’t you fighting to get him out of jail??

            You are the hypo-crite. It’s ok for Pedro to get away with his crime. But screw everyone else in jail who has kids. Get real lady and stop bring a knife to a gun fight.

      • Bob Sweatt

        let me guess. You think it is fair that this man broke the law and doesn’t have to pay for his crime???

        If that is true. Then everyone sitting in prison who hasn’t murdered anyone should be set free. Right??

        • Jon Adams

          What kind of crime is it? who is the “victim?”

          • Bob Sweatt

            Whose the victim. Every TAXPAYER. I am pretty sure this whole family is on government assistance.

          • Zen Grouch

            Not to mention that illegals are clogging up ERs across the southwest, causing them to close their doors, thanks to the deadbeats never paying their bills.

          • Jon Adams

            You are “pretty sure.”

          • Bob Sweatt

            Man it is a good thing you weren’t John Adams the second president and one of the founding members of this country. Because if he thought like you do. We would all be talking with british accents and drinking tea.

          • Jon Adams

            Was John Adams ‘anti immigrant?’

          • Bob Sweatt

            The only positive I will say about this guy is this, It’s good he doesn’t have you are his lawyer. if he did he would be doing life in a Mexican jail.

          • therest_ofthestory

            Now wait a second, why is it fair that this man gets to stay here after entering illegally but my cousin from Canada has to wait? And why do so many Northern European people have to wait to get into this country? Oh because they’re following the law? And that is fair? Bloody hypocrite!

  • stop ur whining

    give every illegal immigrant 2 choices. 1) a bullet in your head or 2) you go back to Mexico. Bet you every immigrant does an about face ASAP. Come here legally, or DON’T COME AT ALL. and to all of you that say, oh poor him, he is in a wheel chair. NEWS FLASH….He was healthy enough to sneak across not once, but twice! I am also wondering who pays for his health care? I would bet my paycheck that we, the tax payer are footing the bill. So lets think about this…a man, living here illegally and getting amazing health care on my dime. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    • Zen Grouch

      “give every illegal immigrant 2 choices. 1) a bullet in your head or 2) you go back to Mexico.”

      You really are a moron… you know that, right?

      • stop ur whining

        not even kind of a moron. in fact i would gather that i am more educated than you. You can say i am going over board, that I am rash, or even extreme, but i am anything but unintelligent. I would say i am beyond frustrated at what goes on in this country. We have a criminal system that is broken. If we get harsher on crime, we will see a reduction in it. I am 100% for telling an ILLEGAL immigrant that is how it should go. Tell me that wouldn’t work. You can not, because it absolutely will work. NO VACANCY FOR ILLEGALS PERIOD. They are dying in Mexico, that is the reason they are jumping ship. Provide them with the same alternative and i bet they rethink their plan.

        • Zen Grouch

          Don’t get me wrong…

          I’d love to see every illegal ferreted out, bio-metrically identified, cataloged then shipped back to where they came from.

          I’d also love to see companies employing illegals, seriously fined and maybe shut down.

          But it doesn’t help my cause to have raving morons, such as yourself, talking about bullets to the head.

          • stop ur whining

            you have your dream world i have mine hahaha. agree to disagree i suppose

          • Zen Grouch

            Unfortunately too many right wing nuts live in a fantasy world where someone like G.W. is king, the poor will just quietly starve to death in the cold, and the illegals will opt for a bullet to the head rather than a bus ticket to Tijuana.

            That one worked out so well for Germany in the 30′s and 40′s…

          • stop ur whining

            im sorry, are u lumping me in with right wing nuts?

          • Zen Grouch

            Hey… you’re the genius here… YOU figure that one out Bubba!

          • stop ur whining

            bc if you did, you couldn’t be more off base. i play the middle. the whole ZEN thing is for p u s s i e s. You also never eluded to my comment about our education levels. i will take that you are conceding the point that i am far more informed and educated. Go hug a flower left winger

          • Bob Sweatt

            Hug a flower. LOL

          • Zen Grouch

            If you want to compare intellectual schlongs via the Internet…

            …well, I guess my original opinion about you being a moron stands unscathed.

          • Zen Grouch

            “You also never eluded to my comment about our education levels.”

            Your eloquence is astounding and speaks volumes about your level of education.

        • Charles Parker

          so without the illegal immigrant who will pick your produce

  • Wowsa

    Bob, many of these immigrants you are vilifying don’t have the option of coming here legally. There are maximum yearly quotas for Mexican and Chinese immigrants that makes
    the process last much, much longer and if you have an attorney, costs
    much more money.. not to mention the time spent NOT being able to work
    legally. Simply stated, the avenue for legal immigration from Mexico and China is VERY narrow…much narrower than Irish immigrants generations ago. My parents are both LEGAL immigrants to this country and I’m not advocating illegal acts. But, you have many misconceptions about the actual process.

    • Bob Sweatt

      My mother and grandparent went through the exact thing you just said.

      But this gentleman has been in this country for 10 years illegally. He should be punished for his crime.

    • stop ur whining

      DUDE REALLY. I cant believe that your justification for some one entering illegally is bc there is a quota on how many people we allow in our country per year. There is a reason that there is a quota. The idea that we are 1) fair to all immigrants wishing to enter this country from across the world, 2) that we do not grow at a rate at which we can not control. Your argument hold zero water. Regardless the reasons…THEY ARE HERE ILLEGALLY and our rules and quotas are established for a reason. I don’t like how long it takes my pizza to get delivered, so i am justified by entering the store and taking what i want without paying for it? Hey Everybody, dinner is on my tonight!!!

    • Zen Grouch

      You’re saying that because the process isn’t an easy one, people are entitled to jump to the front of the line that others stand in, to become legal citizens who are stupid enough to follow the laws of our land?

      Oh well… by all means **COME ON DOWN YA LINE JUMPIN’ CRIMINALS!**

      • therest_ofthestory

        First in line would be the idiot who is here illegally and driving illegally who sideswiped my father and destroyed his car, abandoned his vehicle and took off!

  • David France

    Theres a bunch of these people on Woodford Ave

  • Chipper

    You’ve got to be kidding. It doesn’t matter how long an illegal has been in the country or their “family” status. The spouse is just as guilty for marrying an illegal. Illegal is just that, illegal meaning against the law. Deport him. Kick him across the boarder and don’t let the barbed wire poke him in the a– !!!

    • Bob Sweatt

      you. But just watch it. You (like me) will be called a racist and a douche bag, because you don’t agree with what happened.

      If they let this man get away with this, all it is saying is Come to this country and break our laws and you wont have to pay for the crime.

      Can’t do the time (so to speak) Then don’t do the crime.

    • DC

      I agree because she married him in Mexico thinking that would speed up the process. If they were truly in love she would of moved with him to Mexico. She still would of received benefits from the US Government. How was he getting paid since 04 ? What is the difference between the criminal activity that he is committing and those who sale drugs ? Nothing they are both against the law

  • disqus_o40xovCXEm

    One year is plenty of time for him to make arrangements to move the whole family to Mexico where they can all be together and happy.

    • Bob Sweatt

      Your comment made me laugh. I didn’t think of it that way. LOL