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A Moreno Valley man went in for a green card, but was deported instead

By in Press Enterprise on May 19, 2017

By Alejandra Molina

Ramon Ruiz Ortiz of Moreno Valley went to San Bernardino’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office at 10 a.m. May 11 to interview for a green card giving him permanent residency. By 7 p.m., he’d been deported to Tijuana.

Now, his family and an attorney representing the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino are trying to figure out what happened to the man they describe as a hard-working husband and father with no criminal record. They contend he should not have been deported.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, officials said he applied using a false name and that he had been removed previously and then had returned here illegally, making him ineligible for a green card.

Ramon Ruiz Ortiz, was interviewing for his green card Thursday, May 11, at the USCIS office in San Bernardino, but he wound up being deported that same day.

Ruiz, 36, who was born in the Mexican state of Jalisco, had been living in the United States for 17 years. He held the same job at Greatwide Distribution Logistics in Ontario for 14 years, and had put down roots in Moreno Valley with his wife and three U.S. citizen children, including one stepson.

He and his family insist he is who he says he is.

Right after he was deported, Ruiz and his family believed that previous contact with Customs and Border Protection in 1999 is what led to his deportation, said attorney Hadley Bajramovic, who represents the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino. Ruiz was aware of this, but a different attorney told him it wouldn’t pose problems.

But on Thursday, May 18, ICE issued a statement painting a different picture. The agency said Ruiz attempted to fraudulently obtain lawful permanent residence under an assumed name. An ICE official declined to say what they think his real name is, citing privacy […]    

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