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This Trump-Supporting, California Family Might Lose The Father And Sole Provider To Deportation

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A family is reeling from the sudden detention of father and minister Jorge Ramirez of Oceanside, Calif., which is about an hour drive north of San Diego. Ramirez, who supported President Trump during the 2016 election, was detained in May after immigration officials staked out his home, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. According to Ramirez and his family, he does not have a criminal record and the family remains confused about his detention.

Ramirez, who is undocumented and therefore was not allowed to vote, urged his family to vote for Trump during the election because he agreed with him on religious grounds, according to NBC 7 San Diego. Ramirez contends that he doesn’t agree entirely with Trump’s immigration stance but does see the merit in what he says.

“Everything that he’s said against immigrants, it’s not that I’m in favor, but bad people don’t belong here,” Ramirez told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “In order to make America great, you have to have people contributing to this country.”

Despite his time in the detention center, being denied bond to be released and having to wait until August for a new hearing, Ramirez still supports Trump as president, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. The family admits that the likelihood of Ramirez being released is getting smaller and smaller, based on the kinds of people he has encountered at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego. Ramirez has expressed to his family that the detention center is filled with good people who shouldn’t be there.

Ramirez is married with three children who have U.S. citizenship. His youngest daughter, Abisag, will be starting her freshman year of college in New York when his case is brought before a judge. The judge rescheduled Ramirez’ bond hearing to August because of the 210-page packet submitted to the judge by his attorney. The packet includes scholastic accolades, taxes paid, and letters of support, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The family has set up a page on GoFundMe to raise funds to support the family. Ramirez was the sole provider, according to the GoFundMe page. The family is trying to raise money to keep their mortgage payments current.

(H/T: The San Diego Union-Tribune)


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They Were Persecuted In Central America Because Of Their Love, So They Fled To Mexico

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They Were Persecuted In Central America Because Of Their Love, So They Fled To Mexico

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The U.S. has not been the most welcoming place for immigrants seeking refuge from the violence and persecution in Central America. As a result, many immigrants, from places like El Salvador, have sought shelter in nearby Mexico, which often times turns people away, or outright discriminates them for any number of reasons. Members of the LBGTQ community seeking refuge know this as well as anyone. To most of us, the stories of refugees in these situations are just stories, but for those that live them, it’s a reality from which they cannot escape.

In a recent podcast from Latino USA, two men from Central America discuss their harrowing story of love in the time of violence.

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The two young men from El Salvador, Mauricio Pérez and Jorge Alberto Alfaro González, discuss how the violent living conditions in their country — both men were targeted by gangs, including MS13 — as well as the culturally taboo nature of their relationship, gave them the courage necessary to seek out a new life in Mexico. Mexico, unfortunately, is a country with the second highest number of hate crimes against the LBGTQ community “in the hemisphere.” This is the reality of their story, which many members of the LBGTQ community face everyday.

Check out the entire podcast here to hear the people behind the headlines tell their story.

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