Jorge Ramirez, a devout Christian and undocumented immigrant, openly urged his documented family members to vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Due to his status, he was unable to vote himself but said his beliefs, mainly religious, were in line with Trump’s campaign.
As for Trump’s stance on immigration, Ramirez wavers in his support when it comes to this topic. “Everything that he’s said against immigrants — it’s not that I’m in favor, but bad people don’t belong here,” he said in an interview with The San Diego Union Tribune.
This past May, after staking out his Oceanside, California residence, Border Patrol handcuffed him and took him to Otay Mesa Detention Center, a holding area of sorts for undocumented immigrants awaiting court proceedings.
His wife of 22 years, Silvia, and their three children, all U.S. citizens, await his next hearing to learn of his fate. Ramirez’s lawyer, Ruben Salazar, presented a 210-page document to the judge that outlined Ramirez’s contributions to his community, including tax files, letters of support and his school achievements as well as those of his children. Judge David Anderson requested more time to go through the document, therefore, rescheduling the next hearing for August.
The Oceanside music minister has no criminal record, and has told The San Diego Union Tribune that many of the people in the detention facility are “good people” and “undeserving." He has also been regularly attending a Bible study group in the facility in hopes of offering support to other detainees.
Despite this experience, Ramirez told the media that he still supports Trump and considers himself a Republican because of his conservative religious views.
Until August, there is no news about Jorge Ramirez’s future but the family has started a Go Fund Me page to try and raise money to pay their mortgage, as Ramirez was the family’s primary source of income.