The newly appointed director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council is, you guessed it, Latina.
Cecilia Muñoz, who is Bolivian American, has served as the U.S. government’s director of intergovernmental affairs for the last three years. According to The Washington Post, the announcement of 49-year-old Muñoz’s new job was made today. She will replace Melody Barnes. According to a press release by the White House, Muñoz will coordinate the policy-making process and supervise execution of the government's domestic policy.
Muñoz is formerly a top official at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and, according to Hispanically Speaking News, has run into controversy before over her defense of the deportation policies placed by President Barack Obama’s administration. Last fall, Muñoz sparked anger from many after comments she made in a Frontline documentary about the record number of deportations under Obama’s administration.
“At the end of the day, when you have immigration law that’s broken and you have a community of 10 million, 11 million people living and working in the United States illegally, some of these things are going to happen,” Muñoz said in the documentary, according to Hispanically Speaking News. “Even if the law is executed with perfection, there will be parents separated from their children. They don’t have to like it, but it is a result of having a broken system of laws. And the answer to that problem is reforming the law….” After that, many called for her resignation.
During her time with NCLR, Muñoz worked as the organization’s Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation. She was named a MacArthur Fellow for her work on civil rights and immigration back in 2000.
Let’s see how Muñoz does with her new post. Congrats to her!