A Mexican-born man whose wife voted for President Trump because of his stance on illegal immigration is facing deportation because he is an illegal alien.
Roberto Beristain, 43, a father of four from Indiana, was arrested last month while on his way to his annual U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) check-in.
Beristain was previously arrested at the Canadian border in 2000 and had ignored a deportation order stemming from that incident.
Beristain owns Eddie’s Steak Shack in Granger. His wife, Helen, says that life has been challenging during the past five weeks without her husband, and she hopes he will return soon.
The New York Daily News reported that one of the couple’s daughters revealed that her mother voted for Trump because she agreed with his plan to deport illegal aliens who have committed crimes. The daughter noted that Helen Beristain did not think Trump’s policies would affect her husband.
Beristain was first arrested 17 years ago after taking a wrong turn while driving in Niagara Falls during a family vacation. He drove across the Canadian border and was stopped as he tried to reenter the United States. Beristain was arrested after failing to produce documentation of U.S. citizenship.
Following his arrest, he spent the next several weeks in jail before being informed that he had a few months to leave the country.
Beristain ignored the deportation order, choosing instead to remain with his wife, who was pregnant at the time. Helen Beristain asserts that her husband has been working hard to acquire citizenship ever since that event.
“Roberto has his social security card,” she told WNDU. “He’s got his license, he’s got everything he needs to have to be here.”
“Sometimes, things don’t go your way. Sometimes, people make you feel like you’re a criminal, you’re doing bad things. But you’ve always got to look at the bright side.”
Beristain is being detained in Kenosha, Wisconsin, while he awaits an ICE review of his records.
H/T: Daily Mail
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