National Immigration Forum

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Forum Statement on Muñoz Appointment

January 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.President Barack Obama Tuesday announced the appointment of White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz as the new Director of the Council of Domestic Policy (DPC). Below is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum.

“The National Immigration Forum applauds President Obama’s decision to name Cecilia Muñoz as head of the Domestic Policy Council. Clearly, President Obama values the expertise and guidance of smart, committed, experts like Ms. Munoz.

With this move, the pressure is on the President to move forward with an aggressive domestic policy agenda that serves the nation’s interests by:

  • Focusing immigration enforcement resources on national security threats not immigrant workers and families caught up in a broken system;

  • Fully implementing important, and welcome, changes at the Department of Homeland Security with regards to prosecutorial discretion and allowing American families to remain together while their loved ones apply for legal status; and,

  • Creating the interagency collaborations and programs that fully integrate immigrants into our society.

The President’s decision to elevate Ms. Muñoz creates new opportunities to bring the multiple contributions of immigrants into the forefront of discussions about our nation’s domestic policy needs including immigration policy crafted across the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State and the Departments of Justice. While Ms. Muñoz’s appointment is a positive step, at the end of the day, Democrats and Republicans in Congress need to come together to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”


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