ICE Grants Stay To Arizona Father Whose 5-Year-Old Son Is Battling Cancer

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UPDATE: Feb. 12 Immigration and Customs Enforcement has actually chosen to enable Jesus Berrones an undocumented daddy in Arizona whose five-year-old child is fighting cancer to remain in the United States momentarily.

“ In a workout of discretion, ICE has actually given Jesus Armando Berrones-Balderas a 1 year stay of elimination on humanitarian premises, ” ICE representative Yasmeen Pitts O’ Keefe stated in a declaration Monday.

Last week, ICE had actually rejected Berrones ’ ask for a stay and prepared to deport the 30-year-old, who is initially from Mexico and has actually been residing in the United States given that he was one and a half years of ages. Following considerable media protection of Berrones ’ circumstance , the firm reversed its choice. After the 1 year stay, Berrones will need to declare a renewal.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement prepares to deport an undocumented male from Mexico whose kid is fighting cancer.

On Thursday, ICE rejected an extension to stay in the United States for 30-year-old Jesus Berrones, who resides in Arizona with his pregnant other half and 5 kids. The migration firm purchased Berrones to appear on Monday to be deported, inning accordance with his attorney Garrett Wilkes.

Berrones has actually been residing in the United States considering that he was 1 ½, when his moms and dads brought him here in 1989, inning accordance with his partner, Sonia. In 2006, at age 19, Berrones was captured driving with a phony license and deported to Mexico. He then two times returned to the nation unlawfully to rejoin his household.

In 2016, ICE approved Berrones a stay of elimination based upon his child’ s health problem. Even when it has premises for deportation, the firm can utilize its discretion to give stays and has actually frequently done so when it comes to people taking care of an ill kid.

Last year, under the brand-new Trump administration , Berrones went to ICE to refile a stay, and authorities informed him it was not required since he was not a deportation top priority, Wilkes stated. But in January, Berrones got a notification from ICE that he would be deported. The legal representative submitted another ask for a stay, however it was just recently rejected.

Berrones ’ 5-year-old child has actually been fighting leukemia because 2016 and is going through chemotherapy. Berrones is the household’ s sole income producer.

“ He ’ s a hard-working guy, ” Sonia Berrones, who is a U.S. person, informed HuffPost on Friday, in tears. “ We ’ re frightened. The kids will ask me: ‘ Where ’s Daddy? ’ ”

HuffPost connected to ICE for remark, however did not get a reaction by early Saturday.

Sonia Berrones
The Berrones’ 5-year-old child, Jayden, is going through chemotherapy for leukemia.

On Friday, Berrones took haven at Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix, which is a “ sanctuary church, ” inning accordance with Wilkes. The church is among numerous churchgoers across the country that have actually invited immigrants dealing with deportation to reside in their church till they are not under risk. ICE has actually designated churches as “ delicate ” locations to prevent when performing arrests.

“ We ’ re simply satisfying our objective to offer a safe location for individuals, to keep households together, ” Shadow Rock ’ s Rev. Ken Heintzelman informed HuffPost on Friday, when inquired about offering sanctuary for Berrones. “ We believe the migration policy and its enforcement is unfair.”

The Trump administration has actually made it a top priority to punish unlawful migration. ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan stated in June that undocumented immigrants must “ examine [their] shoulder. ”

Berrones prepares to stay at the church till ICE grants a stay or Wilkes has the ability to discover a legal resolution. When he was very first deported in 2006, the legal representative is thinking about submitting a petition that argues Berrones was not approved the chance to go prior to a migration judge.

Sonia Berrones

Sonia and Jesus Berrones with the kids in January.

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