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Indiana Restaurant Owner Still Awaiting Deportation

The family of Indiana restaurant owner Roberto Beristain says he's still awaiting deportation and is scheduled to be removed from the U.S. Wednesday.

Beristain's family says ICE initially told them he would be deported March 23, but he remained in the country in ICE custody. An ICE spokesperson says the agency cannot release information about upcoming removals for security reasons.

Beristain's family says he came to the U.S. illegally from Mexico City in 1998 but had since gotten documentation to work here. He obtained a Social Security card, paid taxes and recently took over as the owner of Eddie's Steak Shed in Granger. He was working toward obtaining a green card.

ICE took Beristain into custody during an annual check-in in February. The agency says Beristain failed to voluntarily deport himself back in 2000, after he accidentally crossed the border to Canada. Officers there discovered Beristain was undocumented and took him into custody. He was eventually released, but told he had to voluntarily leave the U.S. within one month. Beristain decided not to because his wife was pregnant and suffering from high blood pressure. ICE says that made his voluntary deportation revert to a final order of removal. The agency waited more than 16 years to act on the order.

Beristain's family is still pursuing legal avenues to try and keep him in the U.S. They've also started an online petition to draw attention to his case.

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