ICE Grants 1-Year Reprieve From Deportation to Father of 5-Y-O Battling Cancer Who Took Refuge in a Church

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has granted a one-year stay to a Mexican-born father of a five-year-old American citizen battling leukemia after the agency first ordered him to report for deportation.

“In an exercise of discretion, ICE has granted Jesus Armando Berrones-Balderas a one-year stay of removal on humanitarian grounds,” ICE public affairs officer Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe told The Christian Post in a statement Monday night.

Berrones, a 30-year-old father of five, was instructed to report on Monday in Phoenix, Arizona to begin the process of his third deportation back to his native Mexico.

The Berroneses were in a peculiar situation.

Not only is Berrones the sole provider for the family, but his son Jayden is currently on chemotherapy and fighting to beat the cancer he was diagnosed with in 2016.

Berrones’ wife, Sonia, an American citizen, is five months pregnant and not able to handle the toxic treatments that they need to give to their son.

“I will fight to stay here,” Berrones told CBS News over the weekend.

Instead of complying with the government’s demand, Berrones took shelter at the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix.

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Source: Christian Post