When Trump promised only to deport the “bad” immigrants, Helen Beristain never thought her husband Roberto would be called one of them. Roberto, the father of three American-born children, owner of Eddie’s Steak Shed, a successful restaurant in Granger, Indiana, and a loved member of the community, is about to be deported despite the lengths the family has gone through to prevent that.
Helen voted for Trump because she believed his immigration policy would keep them safe. “I understand when you’re a criminal, and you do bad things, you shouldn’t be in the country,” Helen told CBS TV affiliate WSBT. “But when you’re a good citizen, and you support, and you help, and you pay taxes, and you give jobs to people, you should be able to stay.”
Jason Flora, one of the ten lawyers the family has had to hire over the years, said that “If you asked 100 people to paint you a picture of a bad guy, no one would draw anyone remotely resembling Roberto.”
There is a little hope, however. Roberto’s lawyers found a discrepancy in the 17-year-old paperwork that said Roberto had to leave the country voluntarily. However, Roberto is being tossed from one ICE facility to another, which constantly change the jurisdictions for the legal team’s motion, and makes it difficult to get a hearing in front of a judge.
On voting for Trump, Helen still defends her choice, but says “I wish I didn’t vote at all,” Helen Beristain told the Tribune. “I did it for the economy. We needed a change.”