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Jesus Armando Berrones-Balderas Gets 1-Year Stay of Deportation

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 February 2018 03:16 PM

Jesus Armando Berrones-Balderas was granted a one-year stay of deportation Monday after taking refuge in a Phoenix church to avoid being removed from the U.S. while his son battles cancer.

"In an exercise of discretion, ICE has granted Jesus Armando Berrones-Balderas a one-year stay of removal on humanitarian grounds," a statement by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix said. "ICE issued a previous one-year stay in June 2016."

Berrones was relieved he wouldn’t be deported and that he could obtain a work permit during that one-year period, CNN reported. His 5-year-old son, one of five children, has leukemia and is undergoing treatment in the U.S.

Berrones told CNN he felt “happy” about the decision. He had checked in regularly with ICE until December, at which time he was told he was being deported. Paperwork for a stay was filed but was initially denied Feb. 8. 

He sought sanctuary at Shadow Rock United Church of Christ, which has offered sanctuary to eight other immigrants in recent months, the Star-Telegram reported.

Berrones, now 30, was brought to the U.S. at age 1. He is expecting his sixth child with his wife in a few months.  

“Sending him back to Mexico would be sending him back to a country he doesn’t even know,” attorney Garrett Wilkes said prior to the stay being issued, the Star-Telegram reported.

President Donald Trump has encouraged the enforcement of current immigration laws and his policies have led to more immigrants being denied extensions at annual check-ins and increased deportations. 

Berrones’ 24-year-old wife Sonia Garcia and their children are American citizens, the Star-Telegram reported. Garcia is not currently working so she can take her son Jayden, who has leukemia, to his many medical appointments. 

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After taking refuge in a Phoenix church to avoid being removed from the U.S. while his son battles cancer, Jesus Armando Berrones-Balderas was granted a one-year stay of deportation Monday.
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