Deportation

Deportation drama enters pro-Trump household in northern Indiana

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An Indiana woman married to an undocumented immigrant for nearly 20 years is fighting authorities, claiming her husband has been wrongly slated for deportation.  

Even though she has been and is a vocal Trump supporter, Helen Beristain says she is puzzled because her husband Roberto is a good man and is in the process of applying for a green card.

"I understand when you're a criminal and you do bad things, you shouldn't be in the country," Helen told Indiana Public Media. "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."

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"We were for Mr. Trump," she added. "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."

Like many others, Roberto Beristain was arrested when he was doing his yearly check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in Indianapolis.

The man entered the ICE radar when in 2000, during a family trip to Niagara Falls, he inadvertently crossed the border into Canada. Federal authorities found out he was in the country illegally when he tried to reenter the U.S.

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After the incident, Beristain was ordered to leave the country voluntarily twice, but he refused.

“[Trump] did say the good people would not be deported, the good people would be checked,” Helen said. 

Beristain has been in detention since Feb. 6 and reportedly will be put in a plane to Mexico this weekend.

If Roberto is deported, he could be barred from entering the U.S. for up to a decade, according to the Indiana outlet.