US Facing deportation, dad of leukemia patient takes refuge in church

23:06  12 february  2018
23:06  12 february  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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A father facing deportation is taking refuge this morning inside a Phoenix church , which has opened its doors to provide sanctuary. Jesus Berrones is now living inside. With a five-year-old son battling leukemia , and a wife who is five months pregnant, Berrones is pleading with ICE not to deport him a

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A father facing deportation is taking refuge this morning inside a Phoenix church, which has opened its doors to provide sanctuary. Jesus Berrones is now living inside.

With a five-year-old son battling leukemia, and a wife who is five months pregnant, Berrones is pleading with ICE not to deport him a third time.

He has been ordered to surrender to immigration officers today.

"I will fight to stay here," Berrones said.  

His son Jayden is so scared his father will get deported, he refuses to leave his side at the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ.

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Facing deportation , dad of leukemia patient takes refuge in church . A man who claims to be the first "Dreamer" deported under the Trump administration is in custody after trying to return to the U.S. for the second time.

A father facing deportation is taking refuge this morning inside a Phoenix church , which has opened its doors to provide sanctuary. Jesus Berrones is now living inside. With a five-year-old son battling leukemia , and a wife who is five months pregnant

Jesus Berrones is now living inside the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix while fighting deportation. His five-year-old son, Jayden, is battling leukemia. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Jesus Berrones is now living inside the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix while fighting deportation. His five-year-old son, Jayden, is battling leukemia. The five-year-old's leukemia treatments are too toxic for his mother to handle. "My wife cannot give him the pills because she's pregnant," Berrones said.

Berrones is his family's sole breadwinner, and the U.S. is the only country he's ever known; his parents brought him here as a toddler in 1989. 

Now 30, Berrones doesn't meet the requirements of a so-called "Dreamer." To even apply for a green card, he would first have to leave the U.S. for 10 years.

Berrones said, "I don't have DUI. I haven't killed nobody." 

a man posing for the camera: Jesus Berrones, who was brought to the U.S. as a toddler, has received sanctuary at a Phoenix church while fighting deportation. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Jesus Berrones, who was brought to the U.S. as a toddler, has received sanctuary at a Phoenix church while fighting deportation.

"There has to be a price to pay, right?" asked CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez.

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A father facing deportation is taking refuge inside a Phoenix church . Jesus Berrones has been ordered to surrender to immigration officers today. His 5-year-old son is battling leukemia and his wife is five months pregnant.

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"Yes."

"What would you say to someone who doesn't agree with you staying?" Bojorquez asked.

"They don't like our people, Mexicans."

According to Berrones, he was once caught driving without a license. He's been deported twice, in 2006 and 2010.  Each time, he came back illegally, even making the dangerous crossing through the Arizona desert, to be with his wife and five children, who are all U.S. citizens.

Sonia Berrones, five months pregnant, now worries about finding a job to make ends meet.

"His kids need him; I need him," she said.

Bojorquez asked, "Have you thought about what it would be like to have to say goodbye to him?"

She sobbed: "It's going to be hard."

On Thursday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement denied Berrones' latest attempt to stay. His case is still under review.

Rev. Ken Heintzelman opened his church doors to Berrones on Friday.

a group of people standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Correspondent Manuel Bojorquez with the Rev. Ken Heintzelman of Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Correspondent Manuel Bojorquez with the Rev. Ken Heintzelman of Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix.

Bojorquez said, "Some would say you were harboring a criminal."

"He shouldn't be prosecuted," replied Rev. Heintzelman. "He should be lifted up, used as an example of what it means to be a father."

ICE declined to comment to "CBS This Morning" for this story.

This is not the first time this church has housed an undocumented immigrant; six other people have reportedly sought shelter here since 2014. ICE agents could legally enter the church with a warrant to seize Berrones, but the agency typically stays away from houses of worship, because it considers them "sensitive" places.


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