Charming. Eloquent. Sophisticated. Intelligent. A good family man. A cool dude you’d enjoy sharing a craft beer with at your favorite pub. An outstanding president who provided the type of leadership Donald Trump can only dream about.. These are just a few of the images brought to mind when most people think about former president Barack Obama. After the disaster that was George W. Bush, people were ready for something new, something different. Even better, Obama would be the very first person of color to be elected president of the United States. But the truth is, Obama wasn’t quite the leader he portrayed himself to be. In fact, he fooled quite a lot of people with his promise of hope and change. Especially when it came to his stance on immigration. A Hunger For Change Became The Same Old Situation When It Came To Immigration Reform Back in 2007, an almost completely unknown junior senator from Illinois named Barack Obama announced that he would be running for president in 2008. After eight years of the failed policies and unpopularity of George W. Bush’s presidency, people were hungry for change. They were hungry for a young, idealistic president who would bring peace and prosperity to a sharply divided country. At this point in time, Barack Obama exemplified what the people wanted. He was a fresh face in politics who was full of lofty goals and ideas, and he took full advantage of a grassroots movement that was beginning to gain traction in the United States. While Obama may have conned many people into believing that he would be the president who would truly make many liberal dreams a reality, he failed tremendously when it came to immigration reform, President Barack Obama: The Deporter In Chief While many people involved in the immigration rights community had high hopes for immigration reform under a president Obama, these high hopes turned into yet more disappointment for those who worked hard for the rights of immigrants during the Obama years. According to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), “carefully calibrated revisions to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immigration enforcement priorities and practices achieved two goals: Increasing penalties against unauthorized border crossers by putting far larger shares into formal removal proceedings rather than voluntarily returning them across the border, as had been longstanding practice; and making noncitizens with criminal records the top enforcement target.” In fact, during Obama’s eight years as president, more than 2.8 million undocumented immigrants have been deported, a number that is higher than the deportations administered by every president in the history of the United States combined (statistics provided by NBC News). This is quite shocking to those who think president Obama did a lot for the rights of immigrants. The Rights Of Immigrants Is Thanks To DREAMers And NCLR, Not Obama While Obama created DACA, which essentially gave hundreds of thousands of immigrants known as DREAMers the safeguard of temporary work permits and protection from deportation, this creation was not designed from the goodness of Obama’s heart but rather from the pressure of immigration reform groups like the National Council on La Raza (NCLR). If not for the pressure placed on Obama by immigration reform groups, the number of deportation under president Barack Obama could have been even higher. But thanks to the half hearted attempts at immigration reform provided by Obama, Donald Trump’s goals of deporting even more immigrants could soon become a reality.