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Indiana Restaurant Owner Deported Despite Pending Legal Action

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."

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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