ICE to Deport Undocumented Father Whose Son is Battling Leukemia

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"In an exercise of discretion, ICE has granted Jesus Armando Berrones-Balderas a one-year stay of removal on humanitarian grounds", Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement Monday. After the one-year stay, Berrones will have to file for a renewal.

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

Federal immigration authorities want to reinstate a deportation order despite the stress his deportation would put the man's young family, including a 5-year-old boy receiving intensive chemotherapy for a rare form of leukemia, Wilkes said.

Jesus Berrones is now living inside the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix while fighting deportation.

Jesus Berrones, a 30-year-old illegal alien who said he was brought to the country by his parents as a baby, was taking sanctuary in Phoenix's Shadow Rock United Church of Christ since Friday.

Not only is Berrones the sole provider for the family, but his son Jayden is now on chemotherapy and fighting to beat the cancer he was diagnosed with in 2016. "The only response we were getting was no comment", he said.

Immigration officials planned to deport Berrones on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, but they gave him a 1-year stay of deportation. Meanwhile, Berrones and his family are inside the church, praying for help. When he again faced deportation in 2016, he was able to get a stay of deportation based on humanitarian factors-Jayden's illness-and was granted a work permit. The lawyer is considering filing a petition that argues Berrones was not granted the opportunity to go before an immigration judge when he was first deported in 2006.

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Who says the Trump administration has no heart? "This man crossed the desert I think twice, put his life at risk in order to be a father and to take care of his family".

"He started crying, then his daughter started crying", Wilkes said of Berrones.

In May 2016, he was transferred to ICE custody after completing his sentence.

"His kids need him; I need him", Sonia Berrones told CBS News.

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.

Wilkes said he asked ICE for another stay of removal, but ICE denied the stay February 8 without explanation and told Berrones to show up at ICE's offices Monday to be deported to Mexico.

Now 30, Berrones doesn't meet the requirements of a so-called "Dreamer".

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