Yes there is a deportation force. And it is hard at work.

Yes there is a deportation force. And it is hard at work.

by digby

There are stories like this appearing every single day. The government has authority under the law to use discretion but they are deporting law-abiding, tax paying people without thought to their circumstances. They don't have to do it. They want to:

On Thursday, ICE denied an extension to remain in the U.S. for 30-year-old Jesus Berrones, who lives in Arizona with his pregnant wife and five children. The immigration agency ordered Berrones to appear on Monday to be deported, according to his lawyer Garrett Wilkes.

Berrones has been living in the U.S. since he was 1½, when his parents brought him here in 1989, according to his wife, Sonia. In 2006, at age 19, Berrones was caught driving with a fake license and deported to Mexico. He then twice re-entered the country unlawfully to rejoin his family.

In 2016, ICE granted Berrones a stay of removal based on his son’s illness. Even when it has grounds for deportation, the agency can use its discretion to grant stays and has commonly done so in the case of individuals caring for a sick child.

Last year, under the new Trump administration, Berrones went to ICE to refile a stay, and officials told him it was not necessary because he was no longer a deportation priority, Wilkes said. But in January, Berrones got a notice from ICE that he would be deported. The lawyer filed another request for a stay, but it was recently denied.

Berrones’ 5-year-old son has been battling leukemia since 2016 and is undergoing chemotherapy. Berrones is the family’s sole breadwinner.

“He’s a hard-working man,” Sonia Berrones, who is a U.S. citizen, told HuffPost on Friday, in tears. “We’re scared. The kids will ask me: ‘Where’s Daddy?’”

This man is guilty of having parents who brought him here before he was even out of diapers. And now his cancer stricken son is guilty of having him for a father.

These sons both will have to pay for the sins of their fathers --- the sin of trying to support their families. And pay they will.

By the way,
Trump wants to hire 15,000 more border patrol and ICE agents.