ICE strikes again at another big bad family man in the US. Luckily, this story has a happy ending thus far.
Jesus Berrones who lives with her pregnant wife and five children in Arizona is currently taking sanctuary at the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix in fear of being deported once again.
Berrones was brought to the US by his parents when he was 1 1/2 years old in 1989. In 2006 at age 19, Berrones was caught driving with a face license and deported to Mexico. At 19, he was deported to a country he had no knowledge of. A “foreign” country to him.
Twice Berrones re-entered the country unlawfully to rejoin his family.
In 2016, ICE granted Berrones a stay of removal based on his son have cancer.
A little-known fact by most Americans is that ICE can use discretion to grant stays and has commonly done so in the case of individuals caring for a sick child. Barrones currently has 5 children and his wife is pregnant. His one son with cancer is still receiving chemotherapy, and Jesus is the sole breadwinner in the family.
Last year, under the new Trump administration, Jesus went to ICE to refile a stay and officials told him it was not necessary because he was no longer a deportation priority. But in January, Berrones got a notice from ICE that he would be deported. His lawyer filed another request for a stay, but it was recently denied. While his son is still
Many people who know Jesus have written letters on his behalf and his family’s behalf. “He’s a hard-working man,” said wife, Sonia Berrones, who is a U.S. citizen. In tears, she said she and her children are scared. The children ask, “Where is Daddy?”
Berrones’s lawyer has filed documents to have Jesus be given the right to go before a judge. He was denied such right when deported in 2006, which was, at that time, against the law.
Shadow Rock’s Rev. Ken Heintzelman told the news on Friday they feel they are “fulfilling our mission to provide a safe place for people, to keep families together. We think the immigration policy and it’s enforcement is unjust.” ICE has designated churches as “sensitive” placed to avoid when carrying out arrests. The church is one of
the hundreds of congregations nationwide that have welcomed immigrants facing deportation to live in their church until they are no longer under threat.
And luckily all this hard work has paid off since ICE decided to grant Berrones a stay from deportation.
Illegal gang members of MS-13 still walk the streets, killing day after day. It’s as if ICE is afraid to go after them, but if they know the location of an illegal, even one who was told he could stay here while pursuing a way to become a legal citizen, is threatened with
I believe ICE should be investigated as to why this is happening. After all, I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say no gang member is a family man working hard to take care of his children and sick children.
Are gang members harder to find? Well, if they’re killing on a daily basis, how much investigation would take to find them and deport them? Why continue to go after someone who is only trying to do the right thing? I think these are questions that need to be answered by someone!