According to various estimates, up to 5 million illegal immigrants were deported from the United States under the 44th president, Barack Obama.
A group of Latino activists in Chicago rose against renaming a local middle school after Barack and Michelle Obama, decrying the immigration policies of the former president and calling him “the deporter-in-chief”.
According to reports on American news channel, ABC7, the spat occurred at the board of education in Waukegan, Illinois, where the members are hoping to change the names of two of the town’s middle schools – one named after the third president Thomas Jefferson and the other after Secretary of State Daniel Webster – because of their ties to slavery.
Although the Obamas were among the top three choices for new names, Edgar Castellanos, one of the board members, said he will oppose the renaming as the former POTUS “did not and does not represent the undocumented community”.
In the meantime, several activists have organised protests against such a choice outside the meeting.
The final decision for the renaming is yet to be made.