Update: Feb. 12 — Immigration and Customs Enforcement has decided to allow Jesus Berrones — an undocumented father-god in Arizona whose five-year-old son is combating cancer — be left in the U.S. temporarily.
“In an exercise of discretion, ICE has awarded Jesus Armando Berrones-Balderas a one-year bide of removal on humanitarian grounds, ” ICE spokesperson Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe said in a statement Monday.
Last week, ICE had denied Berrones’ request for a stay and is my intention to deport the 30 -year-old, who is originally from Mexico and has been living in the U.S. since he was one and a half years old. But following significant media coverage of Berrones’ situation, relevant agencies overruled its decision. After the one-year stay, Berrones will have to file for a renewal.
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to deport an undocumented humankind from Mexico whose child is duelling cancer.
On Thursday, ICE denied an extension to remain in the U.S. for 30 -year-old Jesus Berrones, who lives in Arizona with his pregnant wife and five children. The immigration bureau ordered Berrones to appear on Monday to be deported, according to his lawyer Garrett Wilkes.
Berrones has been living in the U.S. since he was 11/2, when his mothers brought him here in 1989, according to his wife, Sonia. In 2006, at age 19, Berrones was caught driving with a fake license and deported to Mexico. He then twice re-entered the country unlawfully to rejoin his family.
In 2016, ICE awarded Berrones a stay of removal based on his son’s illness. Even when it has grounds for eviction, the agency can use its discretion to grant bides and has commonly done so in the case of individuals caring for a sick child.
Last year, under the new Trump administration, Berrones went to ICE to refile a remain, and officials told him it was not necessary because he was no longer a deportation priority, Wilkes said. But in January, Berrones got a notice from ICE that he would be deported. The lawyer filed another is asking for a stay, but it was recently denied.
Berrones’ 5-year-old son has been duelling leukemia since 2016 and is undergoing chemotherapy. Berrones is the family’s sole breadwinner.
“He’s a hard-working man, ” Sonia Berrones, who is a U.S. citizen, told HuffPost on Friday, in tears. “We’re intimidated. The kids will ask me:’ Where’s Daddy? ’”
HuffPost reached out to ICE for remark, but did not receive a response by early Saturday.