I’m sad for the family, but at some point, people need to understands their voting decisions have real consequences. Consequences they thought would affect the “other” people. The “bad” people. “Them”, not “us”.
“We were for Mr. Trump,” said Beristain’s wife, Helen, in an interview with WSBT-TV. “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.”
“I understand when you’re a criminal and you do bad things, you shouldn’t be in the country. 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.”
Helen and her family immigrated to the United States from Greece over three decades ago. She has three children with Beristain.
The Beristains are the latest in a trend of Trump voters being surprised that the president’s campaign promises – both vague and specific – are affecting them. Headlines like the one in last month’s Washington Post – “These Iowans voted for Trump. Many of them are already disappointed” – are not uncommon, and the Twitter account Trump Regrets has already earned over 250,000 followers by simply retweeting users who claim to be suffering from Trump buyers’ remorse. In February, Public Radio International reported on a group of Syrians turned away at the Philadelphia airport despite holding U.S. visas under Trump’s original travel ban executive order.