An undocumented man from Mexico whose 5-year-old son is battling leukemia has been denied by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) an extension to stay in the country and is scheduled to be deported.
30-year-old Jesus Berrones was brought to the United States in 1989 when he was just a year old. When Berrones turned 19 he was deported after being caught driving with a fake license.
Berrones now lives with his family – a wife and five children — in Arizona. Following his deportation at the age of 19, Berrones re-entered the country illegally to take care of his family.
In 2016, his 5-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
ICE had granted Berrones the chance to stay in the country after his son was diagnosed. According to his wife, Berrones was told by ICE last year that he was no longer a priority for deportation. But now, with Donald Trump’s stricter laws on immigration, ICE sent Berrones a deportation notice and was denied the chance for another stay.
Berrones took refuge at Shadow Rock United Church in Phoenix on Friday. His lawyer is planning to file a petition arguing Berrones never got the opportunity to appear before an immigration judge when he was deported as a 19-year-old, according to the Huffington Post.