News & Politics

Trump Voters Tell 60 Minutes They Were Sad to See a Friend of Theirs Deported: 'It Just Feels Wrong'

They never expected that their friend Roberto Beristain would be one of the people shuttled out of the country.

Photo Credit: Screenshot / YouTube

On Sunday night, CBS’s “60 Minutes” interviewed friends and family of Roberto Beristain, formerly of Granger, Indiana, an undocumented immigrant who made a name for himself in his community, but was deported anyway under President Donald Trump’s new immigration orders.

The Hill reported that Beristain’s wife and friends all voted for Trump, never expecting that their friend would be one of the people shuttled out of the country.

Beristain was a cook at Eddie’s Steak Shed in Granger for years, but worked his way up and eventually bought the restaurant himself.

“I mean, he showed up here with just the shirt on his back and he’s a restaurant owner 20 years later .. and he worked his butt off to get there,” said Beristain’s friend Matt Leliaert.

Arriving in the U.S. in 1998, Beristain was subject to a “final order of removal,” but successfully applied for a stay of the order 3 years ago. After that, he checked in once a year with the government.

However, earlier this year, he went to his appointment and never came home. His wife said that he was deported to Mexico.

“It just feels wrong,” said Kimberly Glowacki of Granger to Anderson Cooper.

“I voted for [Trump] because he said he was going to get rid of the bad hombres,” said Dave Keck to Cooper. “Roberto is a good hombre.”

Watch the video, embedded below:

 

Sign Up!
Get AlterNet's Daily Newsletter in Your Inbox
+ sign up for additional lists
[x]
Select additional lists by selecting the checkboxes below before clicking Subscribe:
Activism
Drugs
Economy
Education
Election 2018
Environment
Food
Media
World