Sulphur man trying to stay in U.S.

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SULPHUR, Okla. -- A Sulphur man who was a part of an illegal immigration raid at a saddle factory nine months ago is trying to stay in the country.

Adelino Ramirez's family said he is not only an illegal immigrant facing deportation, but he is also a husband and a father to a three-year-old son, and that's why his family says he deserves to stay in the United States.

Ramirez first came to the United States from Mexico five years ago, after two unsuccessful attempts to get into the country. He found work at the Billy Cook Harness and Saddle Factory in Sulphur, but everything changed in August 2006, when 51 immigrants, including Adelino, were arrested. Everyone, except for two people were deported. His wife's parents bailed him out of jail, hired a lawyer, and last month in court, he took voluntary deportation. Now, he has to go back to Mexico, and apply legally.

"As a temporary worker in these cases they have a visa they can file for at the consulate in their home country," Immigrant officials said.

Adelino said getting a passport in Mexico can cost up to a week's wages, and usually there's no guarantee of a visa.

"When you look at the reasons why and complications it is to come over here legally its such a hard process many people do it," he said.

Adelino could come back to the country legally, but only with a visa, and a hearing before a judge.

"It's not something we want to go through, " his wife said. "We will have to. I'm not going to allow him to cross over illegally again. For my son's sake and my sake, he has to stay."

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