Support for President Barack Obama is faltering among Hispanics, with one Hispanic group recently referring to him as “Deporter-in-Chief.” The record number of deportations under Obama’s administration has left many Hispanic voters dismayed.
National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino advocacy organization, has had enough of sweeping Obama-administration deportations and is prepared to demand unilateral action to end the practice.
President Janet Murguía gave a speech at the organization’s Capital Awards Tuesday in which she called the president out for his sorry deportation record.
“For the president, I think his legacy is at stake here,” Murguía said in an interview with Politico in advance of the speech. “We consider him the deportation president, or the deporter-in-chief.”
“We respectfully disagree with the president on his ability to stop unnecessary deportations,” went Murguía’s prepared remarks for Tuesday’s speech. “He can stop tearing families apart. He can stop throwing communities and businesses into chaos. He can stop turning a blind eye to the harm being done. He does have the power to stop this. Failure to act will be a shameful legacy for his presidency.”
In December, a speech Obama was delivering in San Francisco was interrupted by a “heckler” who later identified herself as Ju Hong, a South Korean immigrant whose parents brought her to the United States at the age of 11. In a column in the Huffington Post addressed to Obama, Hong described “living in the shadows” when she didn’t have papers, and pointed out that deportations are not just a Latino issue, but also affect thousands of Asians and Pacific Islanders.
As emotions run high over the removal of undocumented immigrants, Politico reports that the National Day Labor Organizing Network is organizing mass demonstrations across the country for April 5, the day that Obama’s 2-millionth deportation is expected to be reached.