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    US to Deport Undocumented Father Whose 5-Year-Old Son is Battling Cancer

    US to Deport Undocumented Father Whose 5-Year-Old Son is Battling Cancer, 02/11/2018

    Jesus Berrones, who lives in Arizona with his pregnant wife and five children, is the sole breadwinner of his family.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, is planning to deport an undocumented Mexican immigrant whose five-year-old son is currently undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia.

    Jesus Berrones, 30, who lives in Arizona with his pregnant wife and five children, is the sole breadwinner of his family. He was first granted an extension to continue his stay in 2016 to tend to his family and son who was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. He re-filed for an extension under the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, but was told that he was no longer a deportation priority.  <SNIP>

    [His wife, Sonya, is a registered citizen;  Berrones was served with a deportation notice a month ago.]

    Berrones has been living in the United States since 1989. He was brought to the country when he was just a year and a half old.

    In 2016, Berrones was deported to Mexico after he was caught driving using a fake license. Since then, he has re-entered the U.S. twice to join his family.

    MORE:

    https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/US-to-Deport-Undocumented-Father-Whose-5-Year-Old-Son-is-Battling-Cancer–20180211-0008.html

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  • Marym625 (28800 posts)
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    1. I abhor what we're doing

    Absolutely abhor it

    Take Action #StopFCC https://www.battleforthenet.com/breaktheinternet/ "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian  
    • LaaDeeDaaVA (3232 posts)
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      2. Me too. We never, ever seem to do anything good, decent, and honorable

      for anyone, anywhere.  That includes here.

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      • Marym625 (28800 posts)
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        3. It's so sad

        Take Action #StopFCC https://www.battleforthenet.com/breaktheinternet/ "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian  
  • ThinkingANew (1526 posts)
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    4. No doubt the system is inhumane but I have to ask. Why hasn't he filed to adjust

    his status (filed for a green card). Since he is married to a citizen he can immigrate legally. It would take 2-3 years (and he should have started paperwork right away unless there is something that keeps him from being able to immigrate). Usually you can stay in the country while adjusting your status (go through the steps/paperwork).

    He may in fact have filed. I know that the system is terribly bureaucratic and has little breathing room for adjusting based on circumstances. Hopefully the press will get him some relief for the situation.

    "(modern) newspapers publish nothing more than “weaponized text"" “When you read a newspaper article, you are reading weaponized text that is designed to affect a person just like you." Julian Assange  
    • LaaDeeDaaVA (3232 posts)
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      6. I wondered the same thing. I don't know whether there are costs

      associated with a status adjustment.  Sometimes the fees required to try to get things in straight – no matter how “minimal” the costs may appear to others-  prevents people from doing so:  it’s often a poverty issue.

       

       

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  • Aldroud (1179 posts)
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    5. Berrones was deported to Mexico after he was caught driving using a fake license

    Berrones was deported to Mexico after he was caught driving using a fake license

    Berrones was deported to Mexico after he was caught driving using a fake license

    Berrones was deported to Mexico after he was caught driving using a fake license

    Berrones was deported to Mexico after he was caught driving using a fake license

    Berrones was deported to Mexico after he was caught driving using a fake license

    So because his son is sick, we overlook the danger he represents driving on roads with Americans.  No license, no insurance.  Glad he didn’t kill someone.

    Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don't.
    • LaaDeeDaaVA (3232 posts)
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      7. Got it. See #6. And if & when the sole breadwinner is deported,

      who do you think is going to support the wife, a citizen, five soon to be six children, (presumably all citizens), one of whom is being treated for leukemia ?

      Does the father carry health insurance for the family? The article doesn’t say, but if so, what then becomes of his son’s treatment? Who if anyone is going to pay THAT bill?

      As an aside, but for an idea of what leukemia treatment costs:  the last 24 days of my husband’s life were spent in an entirely sterile room at the Hutchinson Cancer Center following a bone marrow transplant for acute myelogenous leukemia. Thank the good Gawds we had incredible insurance because that last 24 days cost $894,000.00. 

      But he was at Hutchinson for eight months straight – I never added up the literally hundreds and hundreds of pages of Statement of Coverage pages for chemo, radiation, the transplant, doctors, specialists, pharmacy – too scary at the time – but I can only imagine the horror.  And $894K was the cost for 24 days at 2004 prices.

      It seems to me that we have a whole lot of expensive brain power in this country and no one seems to be using it to be problem solvers who address very real, very human problems.

      Berrones had been granted an extension once because of his son’s medical treatment. Would it really be that difficult to figure out a way to let him stay to tend to his family while his son is still in treatment, particularly if he (somehow) carries health insurance??

      Figure out a way to get him some type of temporary driver’s license so he can be temporarily legit, carry driver’s insurance, keep his job – temporarily – and provide for his family while he is here.

      If there isn’t already a temporary driver’s license, create one; surely he is not the only person in Arizona (or the US) with a similar predicament, one that seriously affects not just him, but a large family entirely dependent upon him.

      To deport this man at this time under these circumstances seems particularly and unnecessarily punitive – for all involved.

      Personally, I think that as a country, we can do better. Far better.

       

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      • Aldroud (1179 posts)
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        8. Therea a llot of people in jail with sick kids

        Should we just overlook their crimes and shower them with rewards?

        I say no.  You may think me cruel and that is your perogative.

        Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don't.
        • LaaDeeDaaVA (3232 posts)
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          9. I didn't say that. I said give him time & the opportunity

          to drive temporarily but legally – to help his KIDS and pregnant wife while his son is in treatment.

          OR better yet, try and convict him of the crimes of the fake license, driving without a license and no insurance, and then help him get his documents and legal status straight given that he was brought here as an infant.

          Again – who do you think is going to provide food and shelter for a for a pregnant woman with five (soon to be six) children?

          What do you think her job opportunity is while she’s pregnant? Who’s going to hire her now? How does she pay for childcare for five or six children while she works long hours to maybe scrape by at what is likely to be a $7.25/hour job?

          If one has the money for a good lawyer, deferral of punishment, incarceration, in his case, deportation, is done all the time, especially for humanitarian purposes.

          And finally, in the bigger, long term scheme of things, to me, this looks like a perfect set-up for the potential failure of up to six children, and a life of poverty for all.

          Forget him – the children deserve better, and again, this country can do more to help make that happen.

           

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    • vattel (1795 posts)
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      10. So? That was 2006. He was 19. You think he should be punished forever for

      that?

      He was granted a stay under the Obama administration.  Under trump he was assured he wasn’t a deportation priority only to then be told he was being deported.  I see nothing about him driving w/o a license recently.  So why should he be exiled?  His family needs him.  He grew up in the US.  He is a victim of Trump and his thugs over at ICE.