Morgen on January 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm
While the nation’s attention was mostly focused on New Hampshire this week, President Obama installed one of the country’s staunchest proponents of amnesty for illegal immigrants to head up domestic policy. Cecilia Munoz will be the new Director of the Domestic Policy Council, where according to the White House press release, she will “supervise the execution of domestic policy” for the Administration. Prior to joining the Administration in 2009, Munoz served as the chief lobbyist for the National Council of La Raza for 20 years. I assume that’s pretty much her entire resume, which of course by the standards of this Administration makes her eminently qualified to direct domestic policy for the nation as a whole.
This is obviously a pander for the Hispanic vote in an election year but it seems like a pretty risky selection to me. The White House made no serious effort to advance immigration reform even when they had a significant majority in both houses of Congress, and I really doubt public opinion is any more in favor of amnesty now. And yet this is the President’s choice to be the face of his domestic policy platform? Someone whose primary focus for over 20 years has been advocating for citizenship for millions of immigrants who entered the country unlawfully. Someone who shortly after 9/11 said that “there’s no relationship between immigration and terrorism”.
I’m sure most readers of this blog would assume that a long-time La Raza leader like Munoz would be in favor of amnesty, but given the longstanding use of politically-correct language around “comprehensive immigration reform” it’s actually pretty difficult to find recorded evidence of this. Especially after 9/11. I had to go back to a PBS interview from July 2001 to find this clip.
“It makes sense to bring them out of the shadows and give them full access to their rights.”
And of course no right is more preeminent than the right to vote Democrat.
But this dated clip was actually not the most troubling statement I found. In 2008, Munoz contributed an article on immigration reform to Change for America: a Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President. How does the idea of perpetual amnesty grab you? (emphasis added)
The new president should therefore consider creating a visa category to bring future workers in with permanent immigration status in numbers sufficient to replace the undocumented stream without growing to a number that could undercut the U.S. workforce. At the end of the day, whatever visa program is instituted must guarantee that workers have the ability to change jobs freely, the right to join unions and enjoy full labor and civil rights protections, the right to bring immediate family members with them, and the opportunity to become U.S. citizens.
I’m pretty certain these views are way outside the mainstream of popular opinion, and while the President may not have endorsed them directly, he’s sent a pretty strong message by elevating Munoz to this role. With his poll numbers in decline it’s a message he no doubt intended to send to the million of Hispanics who voted for him in 2008. But the question is, can he get away with it without the majority of the voting public who is opposed to amnesty noticing?
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