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Indiana Restaurant Owner Deported Despite Pending Legal Action

Roberto

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Roberto's family says he came to the U.S. illegally in 1998 but has since obtained a work permit, driver's license and social security card.

A lawyer advocating for the family of Indiana restaurant owner Roberto Beristain says in a statement ICE deported Beristain to Mexico overnight.

According to attorney Adam Ansari, ICE officials transported Beristain to the U.S.-Mexico border at Juarez last night. He was the only detainee transported. The statement says Beristain was trying to fight his deportation through several legal avenues and none of his attorneys were notified of his deportation.

“This was an attempt to short-circuit the justice process by intentionally removing him before a judge could stop his removal.”

—Adam Ansari, Attorney

The press release says Beristain’s wife only learned of his deportation when she got a late night phone call saying he was already in Juarez. Beristain told his wife he was dropped off at the border around 10 p.m. Tuesday and walked into Mexico.

“What is most distressing here is that Roberto had potential avenues for relief pending before the Immigration Court,” Ansari said in a statement. “This was an attempt to short-circuit the justice process by intentionally removing him before a judge could stop his removal. We were in communication with the government regarding those motions – what they failed to mention was that they were in the process of throwing him out of the country.”

ICE officials arrested Beristain during a routine check-in in February. While he came to the country illegally in the ’90s, he’d obtained documentation to work in the country. ICE took him into custody because Beristain failed to voluntarily deport himself more than 16 years ago.

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  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    His idiot Trump-voting wife is suddenly realizing her mistake.

  • P Gustaf

    I’m trying REALLY hard not to let schadenfreude get the better of me. This is a sad story.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    This guy’s idiot wife voted for millions of families to be unhappy. She just didn’t think hers would be one of them.

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