In 2016, Jason Rochester cast his ballot for then-Republican candidate Donald Trump in the hopes that the billionaire businessman promising to deport rapists, killers, and drug dealers would create a better future for him and his family. But fast forward three years, and Rochester and his wife, Cecilia Gonzalez, are on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Gonzalez has been helping raise her six-year-old son Ashton from the screen of an iPad for the past 16 months, the Los Angeles Times reports.
When the two of them first met, a Mexican co-worker told him, “She’s illegal.”
“Why would you want to be with me, knowing I’m like that?” she asked Rochester.
“I love you for who you are,” he responded.
And after years of marriage, he decided to vote for Donald Trump.
“You’re not a criminal,” he assured her after she expressed concern about Trump’s immigration policy. “You don’t have to worry about it.”
Jason trusted that Trump would only deport “bad” immigrants.
“In my mind, bad hombres were people who did bad things,” he said. “We figured that he was going to get rid of the people we didn’t want.”