Roberto Beristain lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for over 20 years before being deported to his native Mexico under the strict immigration laws being implemented by the Trump administration.
Beristain, 44, is married to a woman named Helen, a Greek immigrant who naturalized and became a U.S. citizen. The couple have three minor children aged 8, 14 and 15 years and are the owners of a restaurant called Eddie’s Steak Shed in Granger, Indiana.
In the last Presidential election, Helen voted for Trump and according to CNN, she thought that supporting Trump’s “Make America Great” campaign which sought to rid the U.S. of undocumented Latino immigrants would only apply to “bad hombres” — not her husband.
“I think our President is going to keep all the good people here. He is not going to tear up families. I don’t think he wants to do that. He just wants to keep us safe,” Helen said to CNN affiliate WSBT back in March after her husband had been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
However, Helen’s family has been split up as her husband, Roberto Beristain was deported back to Mexico this month. The family’s attorney, Adam Ansari says that Beristain is an outstanding citizen who never broke any laws — not even a parking ticket — in the 20 years he lived in Indiana. Now, he has been uprooted from his home in the U.S. and is staying at a center for migrants in Juarez, Mexico. He will not be allowed back into the U.S. for at least the next ten years.