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Bittersweet Father's Day for those facing deportation

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St. Casimir's Church in Cleveland St. Casimir's Church in Cleveland
Ricardo Ramos and his family Ricardo Ramos and his family
Luis Nicasio Padilla and his family Luis Nicasio Padilla and his family
Ricardo Ramos and his family Ricardo Ramos and his family
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Ricardo Ramos says the rosary inside St. Casimir's Church in Cleveland.  He is giving thanks today that his dad is here in with his family for Father's Day, but that could soon change.

"He'll be here for Father's Day.  I want one more year," says Ramos.

Ramos' dad, Ricardo Ramos Senior, has a job doing landscaping and is fighting deportation.  He doesn't speak very good English, so his children speak for him.  This is a day that's bittersweet.

"We are spending it with my dad as long as we can," says Michelle Ramos, Ramos' Daughter.

The parishioners of St. Casimir's Church and local activists have been doing their part to help Ramos stay here in the U.S.

Ramos' daughter starts to cry and leans into her father when she's asked if she's worried about what the future holds, but there is hope.  The Ramos family is actually here for a mass that's being said for Luis Nicasio Padilla and his family. 

Nicasio is also working here as a landscaper, has a wife and three small children.  He just got the best Father's Day gift ever.

"We are very happy that he is able to stay.  They granted him one more year.  Hopefully, we can get his situation fixed and he won't have to leave his three kids," says Dora Acosta, the mother of Nicasio's three children.

Since this extension was granted, many members of the Hispanic community say they feel drawn to St. Casimir's not only because of the church community's support, but also because they now believe a miracle took place.  

"We were so close, and it was a fight.  It was a miracle he was able to stay. They turned it around after being denied twice," adds Acosta.  

There's no talk of politics today - just prayers for the future of dads that want to be with their children. 

"It means a lot.  I lost my father when I was eight years old.   So my kids having their father here means a lot," says Acosta with tears in her eyes.  

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