This Restaurant Owner Voted for Trump and Now Her Husband Is Getting Deported

The Indiana couple has run Eddie’s Steak Shed for decades, but now Roberto Beristain faces deportation

“[Trump] did say the good people would not be deported, the good people would be checked,” Helen Beristain said.

Helen Beristain and her husband own the homey comfort-food restaurant Eddie’s Steak Shed in Granger, Indiana, and like many in her district, Beristain voted for Donald Trump. The catch? Her husband is an illegal immigrant and has been living and working without documentation in America for two decades. Now he faces deportation.

Beristain said she actually voted for Trump in part because of his rigid stance on illegal immigration — and despite her husband’s own immigration status.

“We don’t want to have cartels here, you don’t want to have drugs in your high schools, you don’t want killers next to you,” Beristain told Indiana Public Media. “You want to feel safe when you leave your house. I truly believe that. And this is why I voted for Mr. Trump.”

Roberto Beristain visited a relative in the United States in 1998 and stayed. Soon thereafter he met his wife and the two started a family. The two took a vacation to Niagara Falls in 2000, and Roberto’s status was discovered at the Canadian border. Although he was ordered to be deported, Roberto never left. It was only after President Trump’s harsh immigration policies went into effect this year that his 17-year-old deportation order caught up with him.

Roberto is in the process of getting a green card, but for now he is being held at an immigration detention center in Wisconsin.


“It’s going to be a long vacation in Riviera Maya,” Helen told local NBC station WNDU. “Never been there! I’ve never been to Mexico! Maybe I get to be! To get to beautiful places, like go to Cancun or do fun things, right?”