RantCrush Top 5: February 27, 2017

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Illinois Town that Voted for Trump Trying to Save Resident from Deportation

In West Frankfort, Illinois, 70 percent of voters in a town of 8,000 residents voted for Trump. But now a beloved resident of the town who manages a popular Mexican restaurant, Juan Carlos Hernandez Pacheco, is facing deportation. Hernandez has done a ton of good in the community including: serving firefighters food during a particularly tough fire last fall, supporting local law enforcement, and taking part in fundraisers and committees. Unfortunately, he also has two DUIs from 2007 and lacks legal status, which makes him eligible for deportation. He has been in detention since February 9 and the whole community has rallied around him, with influential individuals like the fire chief and mayor describing him as a “man of great character.”

This creates a complicated situation for communities in the U.S. that agree with tougher immigration policies, but don’t want them to affect someone they know. “I knew he was Mexican, but he’s been here so long, he’s just one of us,” resident Debra Johnson said. Carlos has three sons with his wife, who is a U.S. citizen.

Emma Von Zeipel
Emma Von Zeipel is a staff writer at Law Street Media. She is originally from one of the islands of Stockholm, Sweden. After working for Democratic Voice of Burma in Thailand, she ended up in New York City. She has a BA in journalism from Stockholm University and is passionate about human rights, good books, horses, and European chocolate. Contact Emma at EVonZeipel@LawStreetMedia.com.

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