Illinois Latino activists opposing giving Obama name to the local schools
Latino activists have expressed their opposition to the rebranding of Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Daniel Webster Middle School. The Waukegan Board of Education decided to change the name of the schools because Jefferson and Webster had black slaves and to name the schools after the couple of the 44th President of the United States.
According to District 60 school-board activist Edgar Castellanos not only did not support illegal communities, but also continued the policy of deportations, so his name is not worthy of being the name of the school.
ABC 7 Chicago reports that he would “not be part of renaming a school after someone who did not and does not represent the undocumented community.”
Another activist, Julie Contreras, said that Obama and his wife did nothing for illegal immigrants in local communities.
“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, according to ABC 7. “We feel that Barack Obama did disservice to us. He denied us, and he didn’t stop the deportations, the way he promised. If you’re removing the name of Thomas Jefferson — one oppressor — the name of Obama is another oppressor and our families do not want to see that name,”
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