Trump Supporters Raise Concerns about His Immigration Policies

Communications Associate

February 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the eve of President Trump’s first speech before a joint session of Congress, concerns regarding his immigration approach are emerging among Trump voters.

Trump won Franklin County, Illinois, with 70 percent of the vote. But in West Frankfort, the support has been loud and clear for the man locals know as Carlos — Juan Carlos Hernandez Pacheco — who may face deportation after being detained Feb. 9.

“Maybe this should all be more on a per-case basis,” said printing shop owner Tim Grigsby, a Trump supporter who has helped drive efforts to have Carlos freed. “It’s hard to be black and white on this because there may be people like Carlos.”

One state over, Iowans elected Trump by 9 percentage points. But Trump voters there too are concerned about the president’s approach toward immigrants and immigration, among other issues.

“These are good folks,” 68-year-old Jim George, a retired engineer and Trump voter in Perry, Iowa, said of immigrants. “This place would not be functioning without the folks that have come in here.”

And in California, farmers who voted for Trump are “deeply alarmed” about his immigration executive orders’ potential effects on their workers.

“For the Trump administration, realizing an optimistic vision for America will be impossible without recognizing the contributions of immigrants,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “Trump voters are beginning to raise concerns regarding the substance and tone of the administration’s immigration actions.”