CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (May 7): Deportation of an Indiana Business Owner; The Cubs’ World Series Win

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CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (May 7): Deportation of an Indiana Business Owner; The Cubs’ World Series Win

“60 Minutes” (05/07/17) – The family and friends of a business owner who recently was deported to Mexico speak out against the new immigration policy that led to his arrest and the arrests of thousands of other illegal immigrants with no criminal records.

Anderson Cooper talks to the Indiana residents, most of whom voted for President Donald Trump, whose new policy directly affected business owner Roberto Beristain, for a “60 Minutes” report tonight, May 7 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Beristain had no criminal record and had lived in the U.S. for nearly 20 years. His wife and children are all U.S. citizens. He entered the U.S. illegally in 1998, but he’d been issued a temporary work permit, social security number and driver’s license during the Obama administration. Beristain was the longtime cook and new owner of “Eddie’s Steak Shed,” a restaurant in Granger, Ind., which employs up to 20 people.

“It just feels wrong,” says Kimberly Glowacki. She and other local residents who know Beristain spoke with Cooper.

“The community is better for having someone like him,” says Michelle Craig. “This is not the person he said he would deport,” she added, referring to President Trump, whom she says she voted for. Dave Keck echoed her feelings. “I voted for him because he said he was going to get rid of the bad hombres – Roberto is a good hombre,” he tells Cooper. Matt Leliaert says Beristain had the American Dream in his hands: “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.”

During the Obama administration, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) was told to focus on deporting illegal immigrants with convictions for felonies or serious misdemeanors. On his fifth day in office, President Trump signed a new executive order that still made deporting criminals a priority but also made it easier to deport people with no criminal records. ICE says the number of illegal immigrants with no criminal records who have been arrested has more than doubled since President Trump signed that order.

James Carafano, a policy expert at the Heritage Foundation and a member of the president’s transition team, says the new policy is designed to serve as a deterrent. “It’s not that they’re going out and they’re looking for people who have done nothing. But that we have an obligation to enforce the law,” he says. “And if somebody comes across our path who’s broken the law… There’s a new sheriff in town. And the law’s going to be enforced.”

In a statement, ICE told “60 Minutes” that Roberto Beristain had been deported because he had a “final order of removal” against him. During a trip to Niagara Falls 17 years ago, Beristain had taken a wrong turn, ended up at the Canadian Border and was detained for not having papers. When he failed to “voluntarily depart” the U.S. within 60 days after that incident, he automatically became the subject of that “final order of removal.” But three years ago, he obtained a temporary deferral of that order, and he had been checking in with the government once a year ever since.

Beristain’s wife, Helen, tells Cooper about her husband: “The only bad thing he’s done is stayed in the United States because he loves this country. That’s his only crime.”

Then, later in the “60 Minutes” broadcast, character is the difference maker. And once the Chicago Cubs put together a team with character and a good deal of talent, they won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. That’s the secret to the Cubs’ incredible championship, says the team’s president, Theo Epstein. Bill Whitaker speaks to Epstein, manager Joe Maddon and teammates Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward for the inside look at a sports story for the ages. Whitaker’s report will be broadcast on “60 Minutes,” tonight, May 7 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Epstein, who helped the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years, built the Cubs with young hitters who had character. “Players that tend to respond to adversity the right way and triumph in the end are players with strong character. If you have enough guys like that in the clubhouse, you have an edge on the other team,” he says. “I just saw over the years that the times that we did remarkable things, it was always because players didn’t want to let each other down. Players wanted to lift each other up,” Epstein tells Whitaker. How does he know they have it? “Find out how he treats people when no one’s looking. You go talk to their girlfriend…their ex-girlfriends. You go talk to their friends…their enemies,” says Epstein. Watch the excerpt.

Epstein brought Schwarber to the Cubs because he had character. “He would run through a wall in order to catch a ball. He would attack any obstacle that faced the team,” says Epstein. The slugger tore knee ligaments early in April last year and was supposed to be out for the season. He was determined to make it back sooner. To everyone’s surprise, his doctor cleared him to play just in time for the World Series. But it was risky. “He’s like, I’m not going to hold you back, but you could blow out a hamstring or an oblique by trying to do this,” Schwarber recalls. “And I was like, ‘That’s fine. I got the whole off-season to take care of it.’”

It came down to Schwarber, who hadn’t batted in six months, trying to get back his stroke and eye only a few days before the World Series – all while doctors limited him to 60 swings a day. He took his 60 swings, but also stood in front of pitching machine watching hundreds of pitches to retrain his eye. He batted .400 in the World Series and got the hit that set up a dramatic win in extra innings of the final game. But it took another act of character from another teammate to set him up.

Jason Heyward had a tough season, batting just .230. In Game 7, when the Cleveland Indians scored three times to tie the Cubs in the eighth inning, the team was down. Heyward called a meeting during a rain delay after the ninth inning, something the Cubs hadn’t needed all season. “I didn’t know what to say. I just told them that I loved them. I said, ‘We are the best team in the game….’” Heyward tells Whitaker. That’s when character kicked in, says Schwarber. “You could feel that energy in that room, it shifted from … being dead to we’re going to win this game.”

“60 Minutes,” the most successful television broadcast in history, began its 47th season in September 2016. Offering hard-hitting investigative reports, interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the news, the broadcast begun in 1968 is still a hit in 2015, making Nielsen’s Top 10 list nine consecutive weeks in the fall of 2014.

Over the 2013-2014 season, “60 Minutes” continued its dominance as the number-one news program, drawing an average of 12.2 million viewers per week – almost twice the audience of its nearest network news magazine competitor and three million viewers ahead of the most-watched daily network evening news broadcast. The average audience for a “60 Minutes” broadcast still dwarfs the biggest audiences drawn by cable news programs.

Anderson Cooper, Steve Kroft, Sanjay Gupta; Lara Logan, Scott Pelley, Morley Safer, Lesley Stahl and Bill Whitaker all serve as correspondents and contributing correspondents.

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