Jesus was brought to the USA by his parents when he was 17 months old; he’s a bit too old for the DACA program, and — to really make him one of the worst of the worst — when he was a teen, he was deported to Mexico, then returned to the US illegally, twice. But up until now, despite having a deportation order against him, ICE allowed him to stay in the USA because he has a child with cancer; during the Obama administration, even ICE recognized that as a reason to delay deportation.
None of that weakness anymore, though. America is not about to be laughed at anymore by criminal gangs and parents of children with cancer (same thing, right Cletus?). Jesus Berrones has five kids, all of them citizens, and Sonia is a citizen, too, but that’s no reason to let him stay here: ICE ordered him to report to their offices today, so he can be deported to a country he’s never known, because everydamnbody has a sob story, and Donald Trump cares about America First. Sure, it will now cost the government money to send a nurse to administer those meds to Jayden. But we’re willing to pay that price, because now a US citizen can take Jesus’s job as a furniture upholsterer. Oh, yes, and Sonia and the kids will now have to go on welfare, probably, but again, totally worth it to get rid of a repeat illegal border crosser just like the ones who always turn into murderers and rapists.
Berrones isn’t willingly going to the ICE office in Phoenix today, though. He’s staying in a Sanctuary church, Shadow Rock United Church of Christ. ICE’s guidelines for arrests — or “enforcement actions” — at “sensitive locations” (like churches, schools, and health care facilities) say only that immigrants shouldn’t be scooped up at such locations unless ICE really, really has a good reason, like if there are “exigent circumstances” or the target has a serious criminal history. Or if they just want to, because “exigent circumstances” can really mean anything. They know where Berrones is, and if he doesn’t turn himself in today, that may be all the exigency they want or need. Or maybe they’ll wait. This ought to keep ’em all scared and uneasy, every last one of them, huh?
Berrones’s attorney, Garret Wilkes, has applied for another stay of deportation, which used to be fairly routine for parents of severely ill children. Not so much these days: