Caregiver stepdad faces deportation

Pino Ramirez

(Cleveland) - Immigration agents are expected to deport a local man to Mexico on Thursday, leaving his disabled stepson behind. 

For the last 14 years, Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez has been the primary caregiver for this 28 year old severely disabled stepson Pino, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and is confined to a wheelchair. 

Ramirez's pending deportation has sparked the concern of Bishop Nelson Perez of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland who has made a plea for him to remain in the United States. 

Bishop Perez says Ramirez has a valid work permit, an American-born wife and three other children to support. 

Bishop Nelson Perez

With Ramirez gone, Pino will likely be placed in a nursing home with the bill paid by Medicaid, because no one else in the family has the ability to provide around-the-clock care.  

The story broke as Pope Francis today called on people around the world to "Share the Journey", by walking with the 62 million migrants and refugees who find themselves in other countries.

Under the Trump Administration, immigration agents have been stepping up deportations without exemption.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM & Craig Robertson/WKYC)

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