You get what you asked for. This Indiana woman, who voted for Donald Trump, was shocked to find out that her husband, who is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, will be getting deported as soon as today.
Trump announced throughout his campaign that he was going to be tougher on deportation. He didn’t care if it broke up families, he wanted anyone and everyone ,who isn’t in this country legally, out.
But, despite knowing that and knowing that her husband could be deported, Helen Beristain said she agreed with Trump’s hardline policies.
“We don’t want to have cartels here, you don’t want to have drugs in your high schools, you don’t want killers next to you,” Helen told Indiana Public Media earlier this month. “You want to feel safe when you leave your house. I truly believe that. And, this is why I voted for Mr. Trump.”
This is another case of a Trump supporter falling into his sea of lies. Helen didn’t think the deportation policies would apply to her husband.
“[Trump] did say the good people would not be deported, the good people would be checked,” Helen said.
The truth is that Helen’s husband, Roberto Beristain, was not a bad man at all. In fact, he came to the US in 1998 to visit an aunt and stayed. He then met his wife and started a family.
For the past 17 years, Roberto has been checking in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials once a year and has a work permit, Social Security card and driver’s license, The Tribune reported. He worked for eight years at Eddie’s Steak Shed in Granger, then bought it from his wife’s sister in January.
But this year’s check-in with ICE was different, Roberto was detained.
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of nearby South Bend, wrote in a column for The Huffington Post that the largely conservative community has rallied to Roberto’s defense:
“Think of the favorite themes of conservatism: hard work, small business ownership, suspicion of overbearing government, and support for family. Each one of those themes is at stake here ― and each is insulted by the prospect of a person like Roberto being ripped away from his business, friends, wife, and children, by a federal agency.”
Roberto is now being held at a detention center in Wisconsin.
“He’s trying to hold up,” Helen told Indiana Public Media. “He said, ‘I haven’t done anything wrong, I haven’t committed a crime. The only crime I’ve done is wanting to be in the United States.’”
Helen has remained optimistic, saying that her husband will be applying for a green card and even if he gets deported she’s hopeful that he will return to her and their family.
“Yeah, it’s going to be a long vacation in Riviera Maya,” Helen told local NBC station WNDU. “Never been there! I’ve never been to Mexico! Maybe I get to be! To get to beautiful places like go to Cancun or do fun things, right?”