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Indiana Restaurant Owner To Be Deported Friday

Roberto Beristain came to the U.S. from Mexico City illegally in 1998. He later obtained documentation to work in the country and checked in with ICE each year.

Roberto

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Roberto Beristain owns a popular Granger, Ind. restaurant.

The family of a northern Indiana restaurant owner who ICE detained during a routine check-in in February says he’s scheduled for deportation Friday.

Roberto Beristain is the owner of a popular restaurant in Granger called Eddie’s Steak Shed. His family says he came to the United States from Mexico City illegally in 1998. He later obtained documentation to work in the country and checked in with ICE each year.

It was during one of those check ins last month that ICE took Beristain into custody because of an incident in 2000. Roberto and his wife, Helen, were visiting Niagara Falls that year and accidentally crossed into Canada. Officers there detained Roberto when they realized he was in the U.S. illegally. Helen says a lawyer helped get Roberto out on bail, but he was told he had to voluntarily leave the country within a month.

Roberto decided not to self deport because Helen was pregnant at the time. An ICE spokesperson says when Roberto failed to deport himself, his voluntary order revered to a final order of removal, meaning ICE could detain him. They didn’t act on that order for more than a decade.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, whose city is in the same county as Granger, calls Roberto a “model resident” in an article he wrote for The Huffington Post.

Meeting with his family and friends at his business, Eddie’s Steak Shed, in the town of Granger, I am struck by many things: the tenderness of his wife’s love for him, the innocence of his four American children (especially the teenage daughters who are now being taunted at school over his case), the loyalty of his 20 employees, and the pride and affection of his gathered friends and acquaintances as they rally to show their support.

But most striking of all is how many of the people now sticking up for Roberto are politically conservative. These are small-town Indiana residents, veterans and grandparents who come to his restaurant after Mass or Rotary. They vigorously defend him as a man they are proud to call a friend. And the more I think about it, the more clearly it is consistent with their conservative values that they stand up for Roberto.

During an interview earlier this month, Helen said she voted for President Donald Trump because she supports his immigration policies. She said criminals should be deported, but she didn’t think her husband would face that fate.

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

Roberto’s family says he’s already been moved from the detention center they visited him at in Kenosha, Wisc. An ICE spokesperson says in a statement the agency cannot release information about upcoming removals for security reasons.

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  • Ken

    I don’t think it’s hilarious, but I have zero sympathy for him. This is his own fault…. he was ordered to self deport almost 16yrs ago, and didn’t do so.

  • Ken

    No, he planned to deport people here illegally. You can try to play word games all you want, he was told in 2000, as a condition of his bail, that he must self deport in a month. He’s been thumbing his nose at the law for 16yrs, and now he’s paying for it.

    It’s sad, but I have zero sympathy for him. He’s had years to get this fixed.

  • Ken

    You’re a moron… I deal with the public a LOT… and Webb is a VERY common spelling of that last name. Just like a liberal.. “I’ll show them how smart I am!” only to make it obvious you’re an idiot.

  • Ken

    Bull. This man was told in 2000, as a condition of bail, to self deport. He has thumbed his nose at the law for over 16yrs.. and now the law finally dealt with it. He’s had 16yrs to try and get this situation fixed, and probably never gave it another thought.

    Zero sympathy.

  • Ken

    Uh, he’s here illegally, he better not have been voting… shows the liberal mindset.. totally overlooking the fact he’s an illegal, and wondering who he voted for.

  • Ken

    Such a compassionate liberal.

  • CeeZeeWeeZee

    Hahahahahahahaha!
    *deep breath*
    AAAAAhahahahahahahha!!!

  • CeeZeeWeeZee

    Eventually, he’ll hurt every one of his voters in one way or another.

  • CeeZeeWeeZee

    You may go to church, but you certainly aren’t religious. You’re a member of the conservative cult though… clearly.

  • nattythreads

    Why on earth would you find this “hilarious”? It’s desperately sad :(

  • docrt925

    such a sad, tragic story. unfortunately, further proof that you reap what you sow when you put your trust in the “promises” of an untrustworthy, dishonest, opportunistic egomaniac who just made up whatever line he thought would get ideological or desperate or gullible people to vote for him; even though his very well-known first priority is/has always been to serve his own and his family’s/cronies’ interests, not the general population.

  • Barbara Esslinger Mpa

    ooo so i guess that Roberto was trustworthy after he said he would Voluntarily deport in 2000 and then didn’t

  • Barbara Esslinger Mpa

    EXACTKY Ken

  • Barbara Esslinger Mpa

    ooo you mean made money off of the American Society

  • Barbara Esslinger Mpa

    WOW you are some kind of special.. Polish and Irish???? REALLY?

  • Rebel Heart

    First mistake? Believing your asshat fake POTUS. Second? Thinking any of us give a damn. You made your bed lady.

  • Rebel Heart

    Jeff Webb Cut YOUR stupid crap out. You don’t deserve an opinion asshat…you voted for this idiot.

  • Barbara Esslinger Mpa

    BOTTOM LINE IS… WE ARE ENFORCING LAWS THAT HAVE BEEN ON THE BOOKS FOR DECADES…. STOP BLAMING TRUMP… WE THE PEOPLE VOTED FOR HIM, AND WE THE PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF HAVING SOME LAWS BE FOLLOWED AND SOME NOT… I SAY CONCENTRATE YOUR FOCUS THE ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES PERPETRATED BY LAWMAKERS ON CAPITAL HILL…… AND STOP FOCUSING ON THEIR AGENDA TO MISLEAD AND SIDETRACK! sheep!

  • Rebel Heart

    God just shut up Jeff…with each post you sound more and more like your Russian God.

  • Rebel Heart

    Because he’s a Christian???? Seriously???? My god you people really are delusional.

  • Rebel Heart

    He was voted in BY RUSSIA people. Do none of you remember the night of the election, when his team said that it would “take a miracle to win?? That, little snowflake conservatives, was a call to mother Russia to get those hackers busy. You are all dumb as rocks and selfish to boot.

  • Angelique Romano

    Mexico doesn’t send anyone. People come on their own. They make their own decisions. They come to try to have a better life, not to hurt other people.

  • Robert OZinga

    Roberto and his family knowingly broke the law for 17 years. They had many chances to correct his situation. They freely choose not to. What happened to them is their fault…no one else…Their incursion into Canada speaks clearly about their disregard for the law. And please don’t tell me they didn’t know….signs are all over….

  • Robert OZinga

    You must be a stupid ignorant because it obvious you can’t read and if you do you can’t understand what you read.

  • Robert OZinga

    I agree..it is very sad that people is so stupid and reckless…the children are paying for their bad parents.

  • Robert OZinga

    Polish and Irish…..majority??????or just plain dumb?

  • Robert OZinga

    Hey…that’s good!!!

  • Radbrad999

    There are lots of people from all over that are here illegally. Over staying visas is the typical way people end up being here illegally.

  • JustMe

    That’s why I said “if he could vote.” Shows the dumb, redneck, conservative mindset:tunnel-visioned, inbred, and just downright stupid.

  • Rich

    Every time a Trump supporter gets screwed an angel gets his wings.

  • Steven Shiner

    LMFAO!!! You voted for you fool!! You got what you deserved, don’t come crying now! You and the rest of you republicans thought it was funny being the Deplorables…… Now you can sit and watch what you did…. YOU tore your family apart you idiot!!! Your fault! no one else’s, go tell that to your children….

  • Steven Shiner

    Can’t figure who is a bigger ass you or trump (lower case on purpose)…. Now go on and steal our health insurance, our schools, and go drop your bombs. Idiots and fools all of you republicans… I have zero respect for any of you.

  • Steven Shiner

    Not sad… STUPID!!! Just like every trump supporter!!

  • Roxanne LaFrance

    When a person’s first gesture upon arriving here is illegal entry, that sends the worst possible message. Compounding the mistake by starting a family just adds stupidity to the arrogant disregard for the law that seems common among our southern neighbors, No mercy is deserved, and the punishment, while extreme, sends a message that is clearly resonating as attempted border entires drop. That message is the best way to to stop the wave, much better than a wall.

  • Dani Kalifornia

    I take it you’ve never gotten a speeding ticket?

  • Ann Cecilia

    Gee whiz, guess he should not have come here illegally. It is his fault that he is in this situation. I have no sympathy fro someone who breaks our laws.

  • ClodHopper

    Go crawl back into your hole like a good little librat.

  • ClodHopper

    You can’t talk common sense to librats

  • usorthem3

    False equivalency. A speeding ticket does not get a citizen deported. Thanks for playing, better luck next time.

  • usorthem3

    Such a pussy grabbed sycophant.

  • Steven Shiner

    I would rather be a librat, if that is even a word. Then a heartless POS that could care less about anyone, even yourself. You people put this jerk in office, now we all pay the price. On top if it all, I don’t see your kid getting involved in someone else’s war, mine is!

  • ClodHopper

    If you were any more inbred they would call you sammich…
    Don’t drink the koolaid

  • Sheila A. Donovan

    Google it. You’ll see. They get visitors’ visas and overstay their visas, never returning to Ireland or Poland.

  • Ken

    Naa, admit it, the whackadoodle’s on the left want illegals and other prohibited people voting (any guess who they typically vote for?), thus why they are so against voter ID.

  • angelicvh

    He won fair and square get over it.

  • angelicvh

    Your loss not ours….

  • The Wickerman

    You’re not a real christian. You cannot follow Christ and be a conservative republican that supports Trump.
    Hell is chock-full of people like Trump and those that support his evil, un-American policies. Grab them by the pussy, right? Good god you people are dense and confused.

  • james beapukin

    Your apparent incomprehension would be indicative of an issue on your end, as opposed to mine.

  • p4045100363

    Wait, what? He’s been here nearly 20 years and he’s passed up 3 golden opportunities to obtain a Legal Permanent Resident card/? WTF is wrong with this guy and his family and their lawyer?
    Opportunities…
    1. Marriage to a American citizen.
    2. DACA & the so called “anchor baby clause”.
    3. Ownership of an ongoing business concern.

    Plus, he signed an agreement to self deport, and blew it off. Why? He should have gone, then turned himself in at the Border, and they would have allowed him entry and ordered a hearing in 120 days or less.

    Something is missing in the stories I’m reading on this deal, the math just doesn’t add up.

  • p4045100363

    Why is this story being published now, when this happened nearly 3 weeks ago? Everything about this story stinks.

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