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  1. chem_guru2021 says

    I remember this story when it happened, and I wanted to see if there was any update. [https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2018/03/11/feature/a-beloved-restaurant-owner-was-deported-a-community-was-in-uproar-then-it-moved-on/](https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2018/03/11/feature/a-beloved-restaurant-owner-was-deported-a-community-was-in-uproar-then-it-moved-on/)

    According to this WashPo article a couple of years later, the wife, Helen, is also an immigrant! From the article “**Roberto’s wife and her sister had both moved to the United States illegally from Greece, but they believed their ambition led to their amnesty. They couldn’t imagine that would no longer be the case**.” She is from Greece (maiden name Limberopolous), and she must have gotten amnesty in the eighties via Reagan. This BLOWS MY MIND! This is a double case of leopards eating her face….also coupled with the fact that everyone in their town who just “loved” Roberto so much seem to not give a single shit about him or his family now that they are all in Mexico.

  2. mando44646 says

    what did she *think* was going to happen? ffs

  3. aredddit says

    I should feel bad, I really should. However watching these morons get exactly what they deserve brings me small comfort.

  4. unholymanserpent says

    Reminds me of those “Latinos for Trump” signs I saw a year ago. I smh so fucking hard

  5. Snoo_32018 says

    The guy choose very badly, sadly. Or, perhaps he thought he was one of the “good ones”, which in that case, good riddance

  6. Vtr1247 says

    ‘When Helen Beristain told her husband that she was voting for Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election, he warned her that the Republican nominee planned to “get rid of the Mexicans.”’

    So it wasn’t so much the husband who merits the schadenfreude, but the clueless wife. She voted against her and her family’s interests and her husband bore the results. Another case of “no, not me or mine- we’re one of the good ones”

    “I understand when you’re a criminal and you do bad things, you shouldn’t be in the country,” Helen Beristain told the CBS TV affiliate WSBT. “But when you’re a good citizen and you support and you help and you pay taxes and you give jobs to people, you should be able to stay.”

    So only some, but not all, and certainly not mine. Got it. Maybe this experience has has opened her eyes to the world outside her bubble, that things are more complicated than they seem and that the people she voted for are having an active impact on her-

    “Instead of changing in the couple’s favor, the laws evolved to make her husband more vulnerable to deportation. Helen Beristain told the Tribune that Trump’s deportation measures — the ones she thought her family would be exempt from — are harming “regular people.”
    “We were for Mr. Trump,” she added. “We were very happy he became the president. Whatever he says, he is right. But, like he said, the good people have a chance to become citizens of the United States.”

    NOPE.
    NEVERMIND.
    She’s an idiot. Strongest case of cognitive dissonance I’ve seen yet. LAMF all the way!
    [source](https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/04/04/the-last-ditch-effort-to-save-a-trump-voters-husband-from-deportation/)

    **EDIT/UPDATE #1:**
    Wait, it gets better (worse?)!

    “She also revealed that **she, like her husband, had once been an illegal immigrant**, though now she is a U.S. citizen. She is originally from Greece.
    Twelve years later, she flew back to Greece because her dad was fighting cancer. And four months after that, she realized that she couldn’t return to the U.S. because she’d become an illegal immigrant.

    So, she said, she flew to Canada and crossed the U.S. border with the driver’s license that she’d obtained when she was 16. She said she also had a Social Security card that was marked “not valid for employment.” It was 1991.

    Then in 1993, she made an appointment with the U.S. Embassy in Greece, where she came back to Athens, went through some paperwork and gained a legal visa to enter the U.S. In 2002, she said, she gained citizenship.

    That was more than 15 years ago. **She acknowledged that laws could have changed since then and that the process may not be so easy anymore.**”
    [source](http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/wife-of-granger-restaurant-owner-facing-deportation-says-she-regrets-voting-for-trump/article_65151376-10b7-11e7-ba7c-6783f924ac92.html)

    There’s so many layers to this, My head hurts from smh.

    **EDIT/UPDATE #2:**

    Looks like actions have consequences. They had to uproot their family and their lives”

    “In July, Beristain’s wife, Helen, and their three young children also moved on, leaving Granger to join him in Mexico. “If we are not together, what kind of family is that?” she said in a phone interview. In the municipality of Zamora de Hidalgo, the couple started a small pancake house to offset the lawyer fees. Their children take classes online because their parents fear they’d be targeted as Americans attending school in Mexico.”

  7. Bingo-Starrr says

    “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

  8. Born_Transition2207 says

    What were they expecting? “Oh you voted for Trump? You can stay then, immediate citizenship for you.” There is an epidemic of stupidity in this country that, to me, is mind boggling. I’ve tried but I cannot understand the mindset. The lack of any form of common sense is frightening.

  9. padizzledonk says

    Hey look, I feel 0 sympathy….

  10. samuelalvarezrazo says

    I think it’s important to mention that she didn’t really regret her vote, because if she did she’d vote for someone else. In the article she says she wishes she didn’t vote.

  11. InfoRedacted1 says

    God this makes me sick to my stomach. My uncle was deported in 2015 and I haven’t seen him since. My family was so supportive of each other during all of this and thennnn voted for trump. Twice. I just don’t understand! How can u be so ashamed of our legal system when it comes to the treatment of Hispanics etc but yet vote for somebody who wants to make it even more difficult for people like my uncle to come to America? Like my uncle was a legal citizen. He was deported for weed. It makes me sick.

  12. xiipaoc says

    There’s a meme going around that Republicans won’t support an obviously good policy unless it personally affects *them*. I can’t think of any examples right now, but, like, someone will be opposed to paid family leave, have a kid, and realize that, actually, now that *they* don’t get paid family leave when they want it, we should have paid family leave in America. They’re just too stupid to understand when other people need a policy change but they come around when they’re the ones who need it themselves.

    This post proves that that’s not true. They’re stupid through and through.

  13. Organic_Chemister says

    Lesson to be learned: don’t vote for someone who hates your husband

  14. LoPanDidNothingWrong says

    “I didn’t even see Roberto as Mexican,” said Angela Banfi, a friend and waitress at the restaurant. “He was not one of those Mexicans. He was like a white boy to me.”

    That quote says it all.

  15. obeekaybee7 says

    Gotta love it when people leave a country to come live the American dream only to vote against that very thing like morons. Also, I don’t actually love it. It’s fucking infuriating.

  16. PatsysStone says

    I read a follow up article about the case that after a couple of months no one was bothered about the deportation anymore. Life moved on quite quickly and the wife was angry about the lack of support from “their commiunity”. lol

  17. Scottishchicken says

    But…..but….but IM WHITE! Those laws don’t apply to me!

  18. bunnyjenkins says

    My mother was born in Germany to a GI and German. She was born off base, so she had to be naturalized. She also a Trump supporters went deep into anti immigrant job stealing stuff. Fast forward to 2018 – she gets a notice in the mail requiring her to present her naturalization paperwork – and she was completely beyond angry and puzzled as to why SHE, an American who has spent her entire life minus 6 months, had to prove she was an American because she has a social security number, and worked, and contributes, and voted for Trump.

    I found it to be a bit cathartic.

    Does my mom now think she made a mistake? No, she got hooked into some OTHER emotional triggering disinformation campaign and just like a goldfish, forgot all about how for a short time she felt like ‘them’

  19. atworkthough says

    They don’t get that its really not easy immigrating here. There are people who try for years and something as small as a clerical error or a lost letter can get them deported.

    Its nuts.

  20. Xirokesh says

    “Oh my guh, who could have guessed this would happen?” *loudly sips dumb juice*

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