Helen Beristain was a Trump voter back in November, and supported him on all his immigration policies. Despite the fact that her husband has been in the country illegally for 20 years. The two have four children together.
Beristain was horrified and surprised to find out her illegal husband will be deported like the rest of the illegal immigrants squatting here in America. She thought President Trump would only be deporting “bad hombres” – in other words, illegals with criminal backgrounds. What she failed to realize is that being in the US illegally is a crime.
Even after her husband was detained she didn’t believe that he was going to get deported. “I don’t think ICE is out there to detain anyone and break families, no,” she said to media back in March.
Then, her husband got deported, after 20 years of illegally being in the country.
Now, she’s got some hostile words for the media and the president. Her attorney, Ansari, expressed her thoughts on her behalf. He said she is shocked, angry, and feels betrayed by President Trump.
“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,” argues Beristain and her attorney.
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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,’ she told WTIU.
‘You want to feel safe when you leave your house. I truly believe that. And, this is why I voted for Mr. Trump.’
‘I think our President is going to keep all the good people here,’ Helen Beristain told WSBT last month.
‘He is not going to tear up families. I don’t think he wants to do that. He just wants to keep us safe.’
Now, her attorney, Ansari, says she feels betrayed by Trump.
Still, Trump’s tough rhetoric about undocumented migrants from Mexico during the campaign begs the question: Why did she vote for him in the first place?
‘Granger is in a very Republican town,’ Ansari said.
‘She has a lot of conservative people around her. They run a steakhouse that serves very working-class individuals. She is in the middle of Indiana. If everyone around you is only saying one thing…people live in news bubbles.’
Roberto Beristain first arrived in the US in 1998. Here to visit a relative, he decided to stay even though he didn’t have a proper visa.
Beristain was first arrested 17 years ago after he took a wrong turn while driving in Niagara Falls on a family vacation.
He ended up driving over the Canadian border and was stopped as he tried to get back in to the US. After failing to produce any documentation he was arrested.
He spent the next few weeks in jail before being told he had a few months to leave the country.
Beristain ignored the order, choosing instead to stay with his wife, who was pregnant at the time. Helen Beristain said her husband has been working hard to get citizenship ever since.
Roberto was under ICE supervision, which meant he was checking in with the agency annually.
‘What they do is say, “okay, if you don’t commit any felonies or any crimes or anything bad, DUI, traffic tickets, then you can proceed with your documents to get your green card and to become a citizen in the United States”,’ Helen said.
‘And that’s what Roberto was doing.’
But when Roberto drove to the ICE offices in Indianapolis last month, he was detained.
‘He has employment authorization,’ said Ansari.
‘For five years he had been voluntarily showing up at the ICE office in Florida, where his immigration attorney lives.’
‘This year when he flew down to Florida, he was sent back to Indiana. He drove to the ICE office in Indianapolis and that is where he was detained.’
They have been raising four kids together – one from a previous marriage. All of the children have US citizenship.
‘It is fundamentally unfair to do this to a person whether you have your papers or not,’ Ansari said.
‘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.’