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ICE grants deportation stay to father of 5-year-old leukemia patient

ICE grants deportation stay to father of 5-year-old leukemia patient

According to CNN, Jesus Armando Berrones-Balderas, 30, has been cleared by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stay in the USA for one year on a humanitarian basis and obtain a work permit.

Yasmeen Pitts O'Keefe, an ICE spokeswoman, confirmed in a written statement that through an "exercise of discretion", Berrones has been granted a one-year stay of removal on humanitarian grounds. But he will be allowed to remain in the country, and ICE's alternative to detention program, for at least another year. His lawyer, Garrett Wilkes, said his stay is good for 11 months and he must petition for it again in January 2019.

On Monday afternoon, FOX 10 Phoenix has learned that Berrones, who was supposed to turn himself in to ICE officials at 9:00 a.m., has been granted a stay by that agency. This is the second time ICE has postponed deportation of Berrones. One of his five children, a 5-year-old son, has leukemia, and his wife is pregnant.

He had taken refuge in a church in Phoenix, Arizona, over the weekend in order to avoid deportation. "They need me", Mr Berrones said.

The Shadow Rock congregation offered to allow the dad to live inside the church to protect him from being arrested and deported until he can exhaust his legal options to stay in the USA, said Rev. Ken Heintzleman, the pastor.

Berrones continues to wear the monitoring bracelet ICE placed on his ankle in December, Wilkes said.

Berrones has been living in the US since he was 1½, when his parents brought him here in 1989, according to his wife, Sonia. The churches offer safe places to stay for immigrants who fear deportation.

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The one-year stay granted Monday will allow Berrones to receive a work permit and remain in the USA while he tries to have his deportation case reopened so he can apply to remain in the country legally through his US citizen wife, Wilkes said.

Berrones told CNN he felt "happy" about the decision. In 2006, he was caught driving with a fake license and was soon deported to Mexico.

He returned illegally to the USA two weeks later but was removed again in 2010, Wilkes said, adding that Berrones again returned illegally.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement gave notice to Jesus Berrones to appear on Monday to be deported. He is expecting his sixth child with his wife in a few months.

Their son Jayden was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016.

Wilkes said previously that in June 2017, Berrones received a phone call from immigration officials asking him to come in for a check-in, which he did.