Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Deportation stay granted for father of son with cancer

Deportation stay granted for father of son with cancer

"In an exercise of discretion, ICE has granted Jesus Armando Berrones-Balderas a one-year stay of removal on humanitarian grounds", ICE said in a statement Monday.

On Thursday, ICE denied an extension to remain in the USA for 30-year-old Jesus Berrones, who lives in Arizona with his pregnant wife and five children.

Wilkes said he was told by authorities last Thursday that the stay "was being denied". In 2006, at age 19, Berrones was caught driving with a fake license and deported to Mexico. In June 2016, ICE granted him a one-year stay of removal.

Berrones, a furniture upholsterer and air conditioning maintenance worker, lives in Phoenix and has been in the United States since he was about 18 months old, [attorney Garrett] Wilkes told The Arizona Republic.

Jesus Berrones, a 30-year-old illegal alien who said he was brought to the country by his parents as a baby, was taking sanctuary in Phoenix's Shadow Rock United Church of Christ since Friday. His 5-year-old son Jayden has leukemia, and Berrones sees his battle with ICE as a battle to care for his son.

Jesus Berrones, 30, is the bread victor for his family.

ICE encountered him again in February 2016. However, in December, Berrones was told he'd be deported in January. "This is not just a man who is a husband and a father, he is an example to these kids". The "sanctuary church" welcomes immigrants facing deportation to live in their church until they are no longer under threat of deportation.

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"I feel like I am a free man, happy and so thankful with God that he granted this miracle", Berrones said.

Lemon asked Wilkes why Berrones was not elgible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provided undocumented immigrants who were brought to the USA as children protection from deportation.

"I want to have a chance to be here illegally, so I can fix my papers and be with my family".

His lawyer, Garrett Wilkes, said Berrones had attended his regular check-in appointments and that he had filed the paperwork necessary for a stay.

Berrones' wife, Sonia, an American citizen, is five months pregnant and not able to handle the toxic treatments that they need to give to their son. Stays may be granted up to two years in duration.

"My wife can not give him the pills because she's pregnant", Berrones said.

Last week, ICE had denied Berrones' request for a stay and planned to deport the 30-year-old, who is originally from Mexico and has been living in the US since he was one and a half years old.

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