Obama’s Chicago Not Supportive of his Deportation Policies

October 10, 2014 2:23 pm
by David Jakeman

Protests come and protests go, but immigration reform advocates have President Obama in their sights, and it doesn’t look like that is going to go away any time soon. Such reality seems clear with a two-day immigration protest in Chicago against Obama’s deportation policies. Republicans in the House are probably enjoying the respite all this attention on Obama has provided.

Nature of Chicago Protest

The protesters marched around carrying signs that read, “Two Million Too Many,” “Keep our families together,””not 1 more,” and “stop deportations.” Obama’s deportation policies have clearly turned many of his supporters away, and there were several large pictures of Obama amongst the crowd.

Chicago immigration lawyers are likely not surprised with the increase in frustration with Obama. The presence of 200 marchers shows that the public has taken notice of the over 2 million immigrants deported since Obama took office, and it presents a political liability for Democrats hoping to capitalize on Republican inaction. The Chicago protestors joined with others across the country to send a strong and loud message.

Chicago Organizations Involved

Members of the Illinois Commission for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, religious leaders, and other community leaders took part in organizing and carrying out the protest.1 There is a real sense of urgency to get Obama to use his executive powers to slow down the deportation policies. While Obama may have helped Dreamers, he has not done much to stem the deportation tide.
Chicago immigration attorneys should be at the forefront of this fight, especially if there are some with connections to the president. Widespread protests across the country will hopefully send the message that repressive deportation policies that have been ripping families apart must be stopped. Events can change, but it seems like it will take more political pressure to get Obama to act on deportations. A two-day protest does bring the issue into the eyes of the public, but more actions need to be taken to solve the problems at hand.