January 10, 2012 - Washington, D.C. - Today, President Obama made clear his intent to effectuate a compressive immigration reform; albeit in small steps, by appointing Cecilia Munoz, an unwavering immigration reform advocate, to the post of the White House's domestic policy council director. In this position she will implement national domestic policy, a position that should empower her to bring new attention to the volatile immigration issue.
In a White House news release, Obama stated that “Over the past three years, Cecilia has been a trusted adviser who has demonstrated sound judgment day in and day out,…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."
This appointment comes at a moment when the Obama administration faces a host of domestic policy complaints: soaring unemployment, a troubled housing market and an immigration system that has been called by many as “broken.” To throw wood into the fire, she comes to the fray at a time that Obama bids for a second term.
A dedicated civil rights advocate, she worked as Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest nonprofit organization established to expand opportunities for Hispanic Americans, watching over advocacy activities that includes immigration rights. In 2000, she was named a MacArthur Fellow for her civil rights and immigration work. Muñoz was featured in several films in the documentary series “How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories.”
The White House specifically cited Muñoz's efforts on immigration reform, including her non-governmental work on the immigration issue. She "leads the Administration’s efforts to fix the broken immigration system," according to the White House press release.
On September 9, 2011 the Washington Post stated
The 49-year-old daughter of Bolivian parents has often been described as a ferocious activist unafraid to challenge lawmakers and presidents in defense of immigrants. And, at least until now, she has been a key voice for Obama in reaching Hispanic voters, who are viewed as central to the president’s reelection strategy in the must-win battlegrounds of Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.
Munoz's promotion was cheered by many of the president's political base.
It seems that Obama is giving great effort in order to obtain benefits for undocumented without the need for congressional involvement Congressional approval for any positive immigration law would be impossible due to the republican party’s anti-immigrant stance. If Obama wins in November, immigrant rights activists may find themselves in the driver’s seat. Comprehensive immigration reform may actually become a reality in the not too distant future.