Deportation stopped for father of U.S. boy with cancer

Deportation stopped for father of U.S. boy with cancer

His U.S. citizen wife is pregnant with their sixth child, and his five-year-old son Jayden is battling leukemia.

Sonia Berrones The Berrones' 5-year-old son, Jayden, is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia.

The Shadow Rock congregation offered to allow the dad to live inside the church to protect him from being arrested and deported until he can exhaust his legal options to stay in the US, said Rev. Ken Heintzleman, the pastor.

Last week, ICE officials told Berrones to report to the Phoenix ICE office after initially denying a request for a stay to deportation.

An ICE spokesperson said in a statement that the agency decided not to deport Berrones for humanitarian reasons.

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 U.S. as children protection from deportation. Last week, the ICE agency denied his latest attempt to stay in the country and ordered him to show up on Monday to begin his deportation proceedings.

Berrones was relieved he wouldn't be deported and that he could obtain a work permit during that one-year period, CNN reported.

Although he is not native to the United States, Berrones maintains that the U.S.is the only home that he has ever known.

"He's actually happy because he knows now that I'm going to be able to go home now and be with my whole family at home", said Berrones. According to CBS News, each time Berrones was deported, he braved the trek across the Arizona desert to reunite with his family.

Berrones' five children are all USA citizens: two from a previous relationship and three with Garcia, who is pregnant. It is one of the churches around the US that have let immigrants faced with the threat of deportation to remain at their sanctuaries.

Sonia Berrones Sonia and Jesus Berrones with the children in January. "The only response we were getting was no comment", he said.

Facing imminent deportation, Berrones went into sanctuary at Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix just days ago.

Berrones was caught with a fake driver's license and has been deported twice, in 2006 and 2010, but he snuck back into the U.S.

According to an analysis of ICE statistics by the Pew Research Center, immigration arrests hit a three-year high in 2017, as 143,470 people were held by ICE officials. In June of that year, ICE granted him a one-year stay of removal.

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

"I've been here since I was a little kid, so I feel like I'm from here", Berrones said.

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