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This Pro-Trump Voter Can’t Believe Her Undocumented Husband Just Got Deported

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It all started in February when Roberto Beristain, who came to the U.S. in 1998, went for his first check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after President Trump took office. During the check-in, immigration officials detained Beristain because of a violation he committed in 2000 when he accidentally crossed the border into Canada, was detained and released, and didn’t follow an order to leave the U.S. Now, 20 years after coming to the U.S. and 17 years since crossing into Canada, Beristain, whose wife voted for Trump because of his immigration stance, has been deported back to Mexico.

A pro-Trump family is coming to terms with the recent deportation of father, husband, and businessman Roberto Beristain.

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According to several reports, Beristain was regarded as a model resident of Granger, Ind., where he lived and owned a restaurant. His detention took his wife, Helen, by surprise and in March she said she couldn’t believe what was happening and that she thought Trump would not deport her husband, just the “bad hombres.

The Indiana man was deported in the middle of the night on April 5 despite having pending court dates to decide his fate.


“What is most distressing here is that Roberto had potential avenues for relief pending before the Immigration Court,” Adam Ansari, one of Beristain’s attorneys, said in a press release. “This was an attempt to short-circuit the justice process by intentionally removing him before a judge could stop his removal. We were in communication with the government regarding those motions – what they failed to mention was that they were in the process of throwing him out of the country.”

According to Beristain, his sudden departure from the U.S. by ICE was unexpected.


“They suddenly told me it was time to go,” Roberto said in a press release. “They told me to get my stuff, they put me in the back of a van, and sped toward the border. They took me to another facility while in transport to sign paperwork. I asked to speak with my attorney, but was told there wasn’t time for that. At around 10:00 p.m., I was dropped off at the Mexico-U.S. border and walked into Mexico.”

Beristain admits that his wife really did believe that Trump would be good for the U.S.

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Since March, Beristain’s wife has claimed that her real reason for voting for Trump was the economy and not his immigration stance as she previously stated.

According to Beristain, he and his wife never expected for Trump to go after the people who put him in office.

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CREDIT: AFP news agency / YouTube

Since his detention, reactions have been split with people voicing support for keeping him in the country.


Even pleading with Trump directly on Twitter.


Yet, some people are claiming that Beristain’s wife is reaping what she sowed.


And some people hope she remembers this lesson for the next election.


READ: A Trump Voter Is Likely Losing Her Husband To Deportation

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Undocumented Victims Could Be Targeted At Courthouses By Immigration Agents

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Undocumented Victims Could Be Targeted At Courthouses By Immigration Agents

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“Just because they’re a victim in a certain case does not mean there’s not something in their background that could cause them to be a removable alien.”

The Department of Homeland Security has its eyes on arresting undocumented immigrants at courthouses, Spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security David Lapan recently revealed. Despite opposition pressure, the DHS says courthouses are the safest place to make arrests because immigrants will have already gone through security checks to ensure they are unarmed. Lapan, as the Washington Post points out, added, “Just because they’re a witness doesn’t mean they might not pose a security threat for other reasons.”

Critics fear that targeting victims and witnesses could prevent authorities from protecting public safety.

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California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye expressed his concerns in a recent letter submitted to Homeland Security Chief John Kelly. The Justice reminded Kelly that courthouses play a vital role in “protecting public safety” and that they are not “bait” for ICE agents to make arrests. The undocumented, as the Washington Post reports, could fear submitting crucial evidence or refuse to report criminal activities, making it harder for local authorities to do their job.

Countering these arguments, Spokesman Lapan said, “I can’t give a blanket statement that says every witness and victim is somehow untouchable […] The categories that we’ve talked about that make them subject to arrest or potential removal still apply to somebody who might him or herself be a victim.”

[H/T] Washington Post: DHS: Immigration agents may arrest crime victims, witnesses at courthouses

READ: This Congressman Told CNN That He Would Bet On Some Trump Aides Ending Up In Jail

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