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Obama Names Immigration Activist as Chief Domestic Policy Adviser

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New American
January 12, 2012

The White House announced Tuesday that Cecilia Muñoz, President Obama’s point person on immigration, will be director of the Domestic Policy Council, a high-ranking aide position that oversees policies on issues including education, healthcare, and immigration. Muñoz is currently director of intergovernmental affairs, acting as a liaison between the White House and Mayors, Governors, tribal leaders, and other officials in state and local governments.

“Over the past three years, Cecilia has been a trusted advisor who has demonstrated sound judgment day in and day out,” President Obama professed in a statement. “Cecilia has done an extraordinary job working on behalf of middle class families, and I’m confident she’ll bring the same unwavering dedication to her new position.”

Muñoz is an immigration specialist and worked for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, until she joined the Obama administration in 2009. The organization works on an array of issues affecting the Hispanic community, including healthcare, housing, education, and workforce development — as well as advocating legislation which would grant a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

In terms of “immigration reform,” NCLR has denied that it is an open-borders advocate and an illegal-alien lobby; however, it supports a “comprehensive immigration reform” policy which includes the following principles, according to the organization’s website:

  • Restoring order by getting the 12 million undocumented people in our country to come forward, obtain legal status, learn English, and assume the rights and responsibilities of citizenship while creating smart enforcement policies that uphold national security and the Constitution
  • Cracking down on unscrupulous employers whose practices undermine conditions for all workers
  • Unclogging legal channels to reunite families and allow future workers to come in with the essential rights and protections that safeguard our workforce
  • Enacting proactive measures to advance the successful integration of new immigrants into our communities

While NCLR avoids engraving an official stamp of approval for a comprehensive amnesty program, the statements in question indicate that the group does advocate American citizenship for those who have broken the law to enter the United States.

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