ICE to Deport Undocumented Father Whose Son is Battling Leukemia

ICE to Deport Undocumented Father Whose Son is Battling Leukemia

Berrones' 5-year-old son, who is battling leukemia, initially went with his father to the church, refusing to leave, said Berrones' wife, Sonia Berrones.

His 5-year-old son has leukemia and his wife has their sixth child on the way.

Pastor Ken Heintzelman has been standing between Berrones and immigration agents by providing sanctuary in his church. Berrones will continue to stay in the agency's Alternatives to Detention program, "which requires him to regularly check-in with the local ICE office", Pitts O'Keefe said.

Berrones, a 30-year-old father of five, was instructed to report on Monday in Phoenix, Arizona to begin the process of his third deportation back to his native Mexico.

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.

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.

The one-year stay granted Monday will allow Berrones to receive a work permit and remain in the US while he tries to have his deportation case reopened so he can apply to remain in the country legally through his USA citizen wife, Wilkes said. Berrones's lawyer told the Republic he believes ICE reversed its decision due to the media attention the case has received.

Berrones was brought to the U.S.by his parents in 1989, when he was 1 year old, his wife told HuffPost.

"My hopes are that everything's going to be well", Garcia said before her husband received his stay.

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"He's a hard-working man", Sonia Berrones, who is a USA citizen, told HuffPost on Friday, in tears.

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

On Friday, Berrones took refuge at Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix. Since 2014, the church has given sanctuary to seven immigrants facing deportation, including one immigrant who still lives there.

Jesus Berrones has been in the USA since he was a year old but did not qualify for the Dream Act after getting caught driving without a license.

He told ABC News he wanted to remain in the United States to "help [his] son with his chemo treatment".

His wife, Sonia Garcia, and their five children are American citizens. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of solicitation of forgery, which resulted in him being returned to Mexico when he was 17 or 18.

His lawyer, Garrett Wilkes told Lemon that Berrones had regular check-ins with ICE every six months until December, when he was told that he would be deported in January.

In February 2016 he again encountered immigration authorities and was sentenced to 90 days in federal prison, according to an ICE official.

"His kids need him", she said.

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