Trump-loving restaurant owner faces deportation under Trump’s immigration directives, and his family becomes the latest in a series of Trump supporters to find campaign promises affecting their lives.
Roberto Beristain’s family said he’s expected to be deported on Friday and has already been moved from the detention facility in Wisconsin where they had been visiting him. He is the owner of Eddie’s Steak Shed in Granger, Indiana, which he purchased from his sister-in-law earlier this month after eight years of working at the restaurant.
He was detained during his routine voluntary check-in at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Indianapolis in February. He immigrated to the United States from Mexico illegally in 1998, deciding not to return after a visit to a family member in California.
According to his immigration lawyer, he was in possession of a legal Social Security number, work permit and driver’s license after registering with ICE in 2000.
“We were for Mr. Trump,” said Beristain’s wife, Helen, in an interview with WSBT-TV. “We were very happy he became the president. Whatever he says, he is right. But, like he said, the good people have a chance to become citizens of the United States.”
“I understand when you’re a criminal and you do bad things, you shouldn’t be in the country. But when you’re a good citizen and you support and you help and you pay taxes and you give jobs to people, you should be able to stay.”
Helen and her family immigrated to the United States from Greece over three decades ago. She has three children with Beristain.