by Peter Grady –
President Obama has chosen a woman who was a former senior vice president in what some have said is a racist organization to head his Domestic Policy Council.
On Tuesday, the White House issued an announcement that President Obama had chosen Cecilia Muñoz to replace Melody Barnes as council head. Muñoz was a former vice-president of the National Council of La Raza, which means “the race.”
Critics have said that the organization supports amnesty for illegal aliens and supports MECha (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán) which has advocated for the “Reconquista” movement. The movement calls for Colorado, California, Arizona, Texas and Utah, New Mexico and parts of Oregon to make up a new country known as “Azltan” the supposed ancestral land of the Aztecs prior to the arrival or Europeans.
La Raza claims on its website that it has never supported separatist organizations; however, it does admit that it provided a $2,500 subgrant to a chapter of MECha. The organiztion claims that MECha has said founding documents on “Reconquista” contain “inappropriate rhetoric.”
La Raza has denied that it is an open borders advocate and illegal alien lobby, however, in the section on immigration reform, La Raza claims members are for “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” as a key linchpin for reform.
Critics have said the statement is an admission La Raza supports amnesty by advocating citizenship for those who have broken the law to enter this country.
Obama has faced frequent criticism from Hispanic advocacy groups for not doing enough to change the country’s immigration laws. During a speech before a Hispanic group, the President referred to Republicans as Hispanics’ enemy.
In what some have said is an attempt to shore up support among these groups for the 2012 election, Obama has enacted several policies including suing states such as South Carolina, Texas and Arizona that have attempted to enforce federal immigration laws.
The administration has also implemented policies that have greatly slowed down the deportation process and has even created a hotline for illegal aliens to call.
Administration officials have denied Muñoz’s appointment was made to curry favor with Hispanic groups.