The owner of a popular Granger restaurant, Roberto Beristain, has signed papers agreeing to be deported, possibly any day now.
His wife, Helen Beristain, said that Roberto told her in a brief call Thursday from an Illinois detention facility that he figures: “I’m going to do this the right way.”
Their story has drawn national attention — and threats and calls to Eddie’s Steak Shed — particularly since Helen has said she voted for President Donald Trump. Now, she says she regrets that vote.
“I wish I didn’t vote at all,” Helen Berestain said Friday. “I did it for the economy. We needed a change.”
She recalls that Roberto had complained, “He’s going to get rid of the Mexicans.”
But she countered with Trump’s words, that he would deport only the “bad hombres.”
The Beristains, she said, were all for deporting illegal immigrants who were criminals, bringing drugs or abusing the system, “but not to get rid of all the people. This is not what America is, the land of the free.”
“It’s regular people,” she said of who’s being deported. “It doesn’t mean they are bad. They need to draw a line.”
She also revealed that she, like her husband, had once been an illegal immigrant, though now she is a U.S. citizen. She is originally from Greece.
She said they will continue to try, as they have “many” times, to legally fix Roberto’s immigration status.
Roberto Beristain, 43, who has lived in Mishawaka with Helen and three of their children, has been detained since Feb. 6 when he checked in, as he does every year, with officials from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
He’s held a voluntary deportation order since 2000, after he and Helen inadvertently crossed the Canada border while visiting Niagra Falls, and agents discovered that he was in the U.S. illegally. Beristain, who is Mexican, opted to stay since he was concerned about, Helen, who had high blood pressure and was pregnant with their daughter.
By working with ICE agents, he was able to gain a work permit, driver’s license and a Social Security number marked “Valid only with Department of Homeland Security authorization.”
He’d worked at Eddie’s Steak Shed for eight years until January, when he bought and took over the restaurant from his wife’s sister. It employs about 20 people.
What’s unclear is when or how he would actually be transported back to Mexico. ICE had informed one of his attorneys that it could be as early as Friday.
I love it!
I genuinely, genuinely, GENUINELY love it!
So, the stupid cunt (who was an “illegal immigrant”, herself at one point), voted for Trump – thinking he would only go after “those” people.
I hope this stupid cunt cries herself to sleep every night for the next ten years, while her husband is stuck in Mexico.