Jesus Berrones came to the United States without documentation when he was a 1-year-old child. Now, thirty years later, Berrones if fighting to block his third deportation after immigration officials denied his his latest attempt to stay, according to CBS This Morning. Berrones is the sole provider for his family of five, one of which is his 5-year-old son who is suffering with leukemia.
Berrones has sought refuge at a Phoenix church. Rev. Ken Heintzelman allowed for Berrones to seek sanctuary in at the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ on Friday.
Berrones is supposed to be deported today but is fighting to stay for his 5-year-old son battling cancer.
Jesus Berrones was brought into the country illegally as a toddler in 1989.
— Manuel Bojorquez (@BojorquezCBS) February 12, 2018
According to CBS News, the leukemia treatments for the 5-year-old are too toxic for his pregnant wife to handle. “I will fight to stay here,” Berrones told CBS This Morning. “My wife cannot give him the pills because she’s pregnant.”
According to Huffington Post, Berrones was deported to Mexico when he was 19 after being arrested for driving with a fake license. Berrones re-entered the country twice in 2006 and 2010 to be with his family.
Sonia Berrones, Jesus’s wife, is a U.S. citizen. She wrote on her Facebook that she’s been getting disturbing and offensive comments regarding her husband and their current situation with immigration officials.
She told Huffington Post that her husband is “a hard-working man,” and added, “We’re scared. The kids will ask me: ‘Where’s Daddy?'”
Huffington Post also reports that Jesus sought a stay of removal in 2016 in order to care for his sick son. Immigration officials said he didn’t need one because he wasn’t a priority of deportation, but all of that changed under President Trump. Jesus was notified this year that he was scheduled to be deported.
ICE is currently reviewing his case and Jesus is planning to stay at the church until they come to a legal resolution.