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Ariz. dad whose son has cancer expected to be deported to Mexico

An undocumented immigrant whose 5-year-old son is battling cancer is set to be deported to his native Mexico Monday.

Jesus Berrones, a 30-year-old father of five living in Arizona with his wife, came to the United States as a child in 1989, but was deported after being caught driving with a fake license in 2006, HuffPost reported.

Berrones then reentered the country illegally twice and, in 2016, Immigration and Customs Enforcement allowed him to stay because of his son’s illness, according to the site.

His son was diagnosed with leukemia that year and is undergoing chemotherapy.

Last year, Berrones tried to refile for a stay but was told by ICE he wasn’t a deportation priority. However, the agency sent him a notice last month saying he was going to be deported.

Since Friday, Berrones has been staying at Shadow Rock United Church of Christa in Phoenix, which welcomes undocumented immigrants facing deportation.

Garrett Wilkes, Berrones’ lawyer, is planning to file a petition arguing an immigration judge didn’t hear his case when he was first deported over a decade ago.

ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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