Immigration

This Trump Voter Never Imagined ICE Would Deport Her Husband

"He said the good people would not be deported."

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When Helen Beristain of Granger, Indiana cast her vote for Donald Trump in November, she never imagined his immigration policy would affect her personally. Then her husband, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, was detained by ICE.

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

Early in his campaign, Trump vowed to deport every last undocumented immigrant. While his focus eventually shifted to those with criminal convictions, he has remained firm about not granting amnesty to anybody who has entered the U.S. illegally. 

"Helen, why did you think [Trump's policy] would spare you?" "Young Turks" host Cenk Uygur asked incredulously on Friday.

"This is what is so frustrating," he continued. "[People] only care when it affects them."

"Helen’s husband, Roberto Beristain, came to the U.S. illegally from Mexico in 1998. [He] subsequently received documentation to work in the U.S. and had been checking in with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement," Law Newz reported Thursday.

Then in 2000, after inadvertently crossing the Canadian border on a trip to Niagara Falls, Roberto was detained. He was told to leave the country, but he refused. 

According to Law Newz, "since Roberto remained in the country instead of voluntarily deporting himself, ICE [which stumbled upon the case in February] then had the authority to take him into custody." 

Beristain, now residing in a Kenosha, Wisconsin detention facility, will be deported on March 24. 

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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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