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In what proves to be fitting response in topsy-turvy post-Obama America, where hypersensitive social justice warriors take offense over the slightest provocations, pro-illegal immigration activists are objecting to renaming a Chicago school after Barack Obama.
Their complaint is that Obama wasn’t friendly enough to illegal immigrants.
“I will not be part of renaming a school after someone who did not and does not represent the undocumented community,” District 60 school board member Edgar Castellanos said, according to ABC 7 Chicago.
The Waukegan Board of Education is in the process of renaming schools named after dastardly white males like Thomas Jefferson and Daniel Webster, and Castellano, who reportedly came to America illegally, is rejecting the former president, who was one of the top three choices for renaming Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
This being the bizarre world that we live in today, where America’s founding fathers, men who mutually pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for the founding of this great nation are persona non grata. And if you disagree, there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.
Julie Contreras, a Waukegan activist who works for the open border group United Giving Hope, is organizing an effort to reject Obama as an option because he failed to deliver on promises to help those in the U.S. illegally.
Of course, with President Joe Biden setting new standards for open borders, where illegal immigrants show up at the southern border wearing t-shirts with his name on them, his former boss’s efforts pale in comparison.
“From the time Barack Obama became President until 2017 when he left, he today is still the highest ranking president with deportations in our nation,” Contreras said. “We feel that Barack Obama did disservice to us. He denied us, and he didn’t stop the deportations, the way he promised.”
Comparing Obama to Jefferson, the left-wing activist called them both oppressors.
“If you’re removing the name of Thomas Jefferson — one oppressor — the name of Obama is another oppressor and our families don’t want to see that name,” Contreras said.
It seems the immigration activist bought into the accounting sleight of hand Obama employed, where turnarounds at the border started being classified as deportations.
The Los Angeles Times reported in 2014 “the vast majority of those border crossers would not have been treated as formal deportations under previous administrations.”
The newspaper also noted that illegal immigrants already living in the U.S. were “less likely to be deported” after Obama came into office, reporting these deportations were “down more than 40% since 2009.”
Although, the Washington Post reported in 2019 the Obama administration deported 1.18 million people in three years, compared to 800,000 under President Trump in his first three years.
Fellow activist Mauricio Sanchez ties Obama to her father being deported in 2015.
“It was something very sad,” Sanchez said. “We couldn’t even say goodbye to our dad. We just hoped for him to be able to get out.”
His father is reportedly still in deportation hearings to this day.
The moral of the story may be that when it comes to liberals, the beast can never be satiated.
Or, that America has lurched so far to the left in the past decade that Barack Obama, a man readily seen as the most radical left candidate ever elected president at the time, is now too moderate for progressives.
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