Community Groups and Students Deliver Message to President Obama during visit at Northwestern University

Time to Act on Administrative Action, Mr. President or be remembered as deporter-in-chief

Chicago – During President Obama’s visit to Chicago on Thursday, October 2, community groups and Northwestern students greeted him at Northwestern University, Cahn Auditorium with deporter-in-chief signs and banners. President Obama needs to keep his broken promises to immigrant communities and enact administrative relief now or be remembered as the deporter-in-chief.


“If President Obama fails to enact administrative relief to stop deportations, he will cement his legacy on immigration. “A legacy that should be documented with the deporter-in-chief exhibit,” said Carlos Rosa, ICIRR.

Recently the Barack Obama Foundation announced the finalists for President Barack Obama’s Presidential Library and Museum. Two of the finalists are in Chicago - the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Should the President fail to use his executive power to stop deportations, the community groups believe that Obama's future Library & Museum should include an exhibit documenting Obama's horrid legacy of broken immigration promises and two million deportation.

Northwestern Student and M.E.Ch.A member Cinthya Rodriguez said, “How ironic that President Obama speaks about our economy, yet he fails to announce administrative relief and acknowledge the contributions of undocumented immigrants to our nation.”

In the coming weeks, community groups will continue to solicit art work, banners and memorabilia for the deporter-in-chief exhibit. For more information, please visit

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit