When backing President Trump’s illegal immigration stance, many people assumed deporting undocumented persons would be better for their community. Deportations would only include those who had broken major laws such as theft, murder, and anything including violent behavior. What most communities did not want to happen is that outstanding undocumented workers would have to leave as well.
Take the pro-Trump community in southern Illinois and the case of Juan Carlos Hernandez Pacheco. According to Fox News, many people “describe Hernandez as a role model and praise his robust civil involvement, including funding school scholarships, benefit dinners for families in need and hosting a law enforcement appreciation event.” But per Trump’s new focus on illegal immigration, Hernandez like many others will most likely be removed from the country.
“I think people need to do things the right way, follow the rules and obey the laws, and I firmly believe in that,” Lori Barron, the owner of a beauty salon, told The New York Times. “But in the case of Carlos, I think he may have done more for the people here than this place has ever given him. I think it’s absolutely terrible that he could be taken away.”
Unfortunately that doesn’t matter and Barron is wrong. For those thinking “maybe we should review illegal immigrants on a case by case basis, deporting criminals and keeping productive members of the community, well, that’s essentially what President Obama sought to do before he left office.
When laws like these are passed good people will inevitably suffer through the process. Illegal immigration, healthcare, and education reform will always see innocent lives caught in the cross fire. Hernandez is one of many. The question will now become, was it worth it. Similar to electing Obama leading to Obamacare, was electing Trump worth his upcoming illegal immigration laws? Only time will tell.