Despite being married to an undocumented immigrant, Helen Beirstan voted for Donald Trump.
“Bad hombres” only:
She thought Trump would leave her family intact but go after people with criminal records which he called “bad hombres.”
Shortly after her husband, Roberto Beristain was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Beristain told CNN affiliate WSBT in March “I don’t think ICE is out there to detain anyone and break families, no.” But last Wednesday she was proven wrong when her husband was deported.
Family attorney Adam Ansari said “He hadn’t committed any crimes. He didn’t even have a parking ticket. From everyone’s accounts he is probably one of the most lovable guys you will ever meet. He is a loving husband and father. And he put a lot of work into his restaurant.”
The lawyer convened a group of pro bono immigration attorneys in February after ICE detained Roberto Beristain. They filed several motions in federal court, stating that his removal order was legally improper and asking an immigration judge to reverse it, but before the judge had time to rule, ICE deported Beristain.
ICE issued a statement to CNN saying: “On April 4, 2017, officers with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removed Roberto Beristain Cegueda to Mexico via Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. ERO officers turned him over to Mexican authorities at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas.”
A wrong exit:
Ansari said that the current legal problems date back to 2000 when the family were on a vacation to Niagara Falls and took a wrong exit, crossing into Canada. When they turned around they were detained by ICE.
Ansari said “When immigration officials picked him up at that time, they classified him incorrectly. If they had classified him correctly, the voluntary departure order wouldn’t have been an option and he could have followed other avenues.”
The incorrect classification resulted in a voluntary departure order and Roberto Beristain was unable to get a green card, he had to make due with a work permit and a drivers license.
Beristain became the owner of Eddie’s Steak Shed in Granger, Indiana, where he had been previously working as a cook.
Ansari added that the legal team representing Beristain are planning on filing new court motions asking for a federal judge to bring him back.
Referring to the lack of due process, Ansari said “It is fundamentally unfair to do this to a person whether you have your papers or not. He has been here for 20 years. He has a family and a business. You are not going to give him an opportunity for relief? He has contributed so much to his community. As United States citizens we can give him that much.”