Father of 5-year-old battling cancer to be deported

Father of 5-year-old battling cancer to be deported
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An undocumented man from Mexico whose 5-year-old son is battling leukemia is scheduled to be deported.

On Thursday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) denied Jesus Berrones — a 30-year-old living in Arizona with his wife and five children— an extension to remain in the U.S. He is scheduled to be deported on Monday.

Berrones was brought to the U.S. by his parents in 1989 when he was one year old, his wife told The Huffington Post. When he was 19, he was deported after being caught driving with a fake license. He’s since re-entered the country illegally twice. 

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His son developed leukemia in 2016 and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

In 2016, ICE granted Berrones a stay of removal on account of his son’s illness and last year he attempted to refile a stay with ICE but was told he was no longer a priority for deportation, according to his wife. However, last month ICE sent Berrones a deportation notice. He filed for another stay but was denied.

On Friday, Berrones took refuge at the Shadow Rock United Church in Phoenix, a sanctuary church offering a safe place for undocumented immigrants. ICE has been reluctant to go into churches to make immigration arrests.

Berrones’ lawyer is planning to file a petition arguing Berrones never got the opportunity to appear before an immigration judge before he was deported as a 19-year-old, according to the Huffington Post,  

Berrones plans to stay at the church until he’s granted a stay or he is able to find a legal solution.