Facing imminent deportation, Arizona dad of five-year-old boy with cancer goes into sanctuary

Jayden is only five years old, but already a large portion of his life has been spent at Phoenix Children’s Hospital undergoing chemotherapy to treat the rare form of leukemia he was diagnosed with in 2016. Because his mom, Sonia, is pregnant with his new little brother or sister and can’t physically handle some of the toxic pills herself, his dad Jesus helps him take his medicine. Jayden still has two more years of treatment to complete and getting well should be the only thing this family needs to worry over, except the U.S. government is trying to tear Jayden’s dad from him and deport him to a country he hasn’t been to since he was a toddler:

Berrones, a furniture upholsterer and air conditioning maintenance worker, lives in Phoenix and has been in the United States since he was about 18 months old, [attorney Garrett] Wilkes told The Arizona Republic.

Federal immigration authorities want to reinstate a deportation order despite the stress his deportation would put the man’s young family, including a 5-year-old boy receiving intensive chemotherapy for a rare form of leukemia, Wilkes said.

Berrones has five children, all U.S. citizens including two from a previous relationship and three with his wife, Sonia Garcia, 24. She is a U.S. citizen, and pregnant, Wilkes said.

Berrones first fell onto Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) radar in 2006 for driving with a fake driver’s license and deported to Mexico. Desperate to reunite with his family, Berrones twice reentered the U.S. without permission. When he again faced deportation in 2016, he was able to get a stay of deportation based on humanitarian factors—Jayden’s illness—and was granted a work permit. But following Donald Trump’s inauguration, Berrones was told during an ICE meeting in June that he would need to check in more frequently. By December, he was told to prepare for deportation.

“It would be catastrophic in every literal and emotional sense of the word” if Berrones was torn from his family, said Wilkes. “This is not just a man who is a husband and a father, he is an example to these kids.”

Denmark's Prince Frederik Rushes Home From Olympics as Dad Prince Henrik's Condition Worsens

Crown Prince Frederik is making an unexpected departure from the Winter Olympics to fly home to Denmark, where his 83-year-old father, Prince Henrik, is gravely ill, according to a palace statement released Friday.

As an accomplished skier, Frederik once had his own Olympic dreams. He and his wife, Crown Prince Mary, even met during the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He’s now an active member of the International Olympic Committee and was expected to remain in South Korea until February 25 for the duration of the Games.

But now he must return home before the opening ceremony, the palace confirmed Friday morning. The condition of Prince Henrik, consort of the nation’s reigning Queen Margrethe II, deteriorated this week after he was hospitalized while vacationing in Egypt — without his wife — at the end of January.

Doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia and he was hurriedly transported back to Copenhagen, where tests revealed a tumor in his left lung. Although a biopsy confirmed it was benign, he contracted an infection, and the palace announced Friday that Prince Henrik’s condition had “greatly worsened.”

“It’s not good,” the prince’s lifelong friend, fashion designer and businessman Erik Brandt, 74, told the Danish newspaper BT.

“When the Crown Prince returns home from the Olympics in South Korea, you and I know that this is serious,” Brandt said. “Very serious.”

During 2017, Henrik was admitted to the hospital several times before being diagnosed with dementia in September.

On Friday morning, Princess Mary, took the couple’s elder children, Prince Christian, 12, and Princess Isabella, 10, to visit their grandfather in the Copenhagen hospital.

“I know my brother is not well,” his 75-year-old brother, Étienne de Monpezat, told BT. “It seems to be a matter of time.”

Henrick, formerly known as Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, married Queen Margrethe II in June 1967 in Copenhagen. They have two children, Crown Prince Frederik, 49, and Prince Joachim, 48.

In recent years, the prince, has made headlines for his displeasure with the title he was given in the Danish royal family. Married to Queen Margrethe, he is a prince consort, not a king, as is traditional for men married to female monarchs. However, Henrik thinks that this is unfair to him, and has even cried gender discrimination, and that he should have the title of King Consort. The now-retired royal has even said he refuses to be buried next to his wife.

Henrick’s retirement from public life was announced in January 2016.

'I miss my wife, the kids, I miss Youngstown': Ohio dad deported to 'land he barely knows'

Family reunions should be joyous occasions. A son seeing his mother for the first time in decades should be a joyous occasion. Reunions should be by choice. But for Amer “Al” Adi Othman, his reunion was bittersweet, at best. The Ohio dad, husband and businessman was the center of a deportation case that earned national attention for Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) senselessness and cruelty. Despite the support of his community and a rare legislative move from Congressman Tim Ryan that should have halted his immediate deportation, Othman was kicked out after decades in the U.S. and no criminal record. ICE officials barely gave him time to say good-bye to his family over the phone:

With nothing but the clothes on his back and less than $300 in his pocket, Amer Adi was put on a plane and deported to Jordan, the country he left 39 years ago to pursue his American dream.

His 94-year-old mother sat in a wheelchair at the arrivals gate, overcome with emotion as she waited for Adi. She hadn’t seen him in 20 years.

As he walked out, his siblings, nephews and nieces broke out in cheers. But they were soon in tears.

Adi fell to his knees, a broken man in his mother’s arms.

“I have mixed feelings, very mixed feelings. I’m so happy, so glad to be here, my home, to see my mother, my brother, my family, my friends, that makes me proud and happy,” Adi told CNN at the airport.

“At the same time, I feel so sad of what happened to me,” he continued. “I’m so sorry to tell you what happened is unjust, not right, and everyone back there knows that. What the Trump administration is doing is—you can’t even explain it.” But the truth is that Trump’s mass deportation force is set on an ethnic cleansing that is picking up as many families as possible without regard to how long they’ve been here, how many U.S. citizen kids they have, and how much of the American dream they’ve achieved their own grit and sweat. Othman, the owner of Downtown Circle Convenience and Deli and Circle Hookah and Bar in Youngstown, was hailed as a “pillar of the community.”