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Ask residents of west frankfort about president trump’s decision to c***k down on undocumented immigrants and few protest. the president — who easily won this mostly white illinois county on hopes that he could jump-start the coal industry — is doing what he promised, they say. but then carlos disappeared. juan carlos hernandez pacheco has managed a mexican restaurant in this city of 8,000 for a decade. but to west frankfort, he's much more than that. one night last fall, he appeared with meals for firefighters battling a 2-alarm blaze. and he has taken part in just about every community committee or charity effort. carlos, 38, was arrested by federal #immigration
agents earlier this month. since then, the community has rallied around him, writing pleas for leniency to those who will decide his fate. tim grigsby, a close friend of carlos, said that the situation hasn't changed his political opinions: he'd still vote for president trump. one never agrees with everything a politician does, “but maybe this should all be more on a per-case basis,” he said. “it’s hard to be black and white on this because there may be people like carlos.” @whitneycphoto
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