Limpia! Limpia! Limpia!
Editor’s note: This is a previously posted blog article that is receiving renewed interest as immigrant rights groups are calling on the White House for a better immigration system.
Yesterday President Obama’s top Latina White House operative Cecilia Munoz wrote a highly defensive and incredibly offensive post for the official White House blog. The blog post was in defense of the highly indefensible Secure Communities Program. The Secure Communities Program is a highly controversial deportation program that in one year alone led to the unlawful detention of thousands of American citizens and legal residents. Secure Communities is currently the object of an investigation from the Department of Homeland Security’s own Inspector General. A recent Freedom of Information Act request provided a treasure trove of evidence that bolstered the case of the programs critics that the program is being misrepresented to States.
While the facts of the failure and danger of Secure Communities is of paramount importance the insult added to it’s institutional injury is also cause for great alarm. In fact the false equivalencies forwarded by Ms. Munoz on behalf of the President provide insight into the amoral political climate that has invaded this Administration.
Ms. Munoz began her post by saying:
“As too often happens in the debate over immigration, anger and heated rhetoric from all sides dominate while the facts tend to get lost along the way.”
With this one sentence the reason that the Obama White House has an inability to fully connect with the Latino community was revealed. Clearly in the mind of Ms. Munoz ,and perhaps the Presidents’, Latinos that speak out regarding the plight that their families face because of this Administrations immigration polices are the moral equivalent of Tom Tancredo’s claim that Florida is becoming a third world country. Apparently when the White House finds themselves as the objects of demands from legal residents that were detained unlawfully those complaints are filed in the same bureaucratic drawer as the one that holds Newt Gingrich’s statement that Spanish is the language of the ghetto. When our young people cry out because they are being deported from the only country they have ever known their tears are stored in the same jar as the one that holds the crocodile waterworks of Pat Buchanan who openly pines for a pre-Latino America.
We all understand that the description of the horror that Latino families feel as they are being torn apart can sound like “heated rhetoric” to those that either never truly had our acquaintance or who have lost touch with us as they fell into the beltways passionate embrace. But unlike the claims from Lou Dobb’s, and his compatriots in hate, the fear and chaos that Secure Communities has brought us is real.
The best hope of Latinos is that the President is being ill advised. Latinos had hoped he would have the internal instinct to know not to harm those that historically supported him but that has not proven to be the case. The President can remedy this but in order to do so he must start anew. Ms. Munoz has not served her community or her President well. The President must accept Ms. Munoz’s resignation and replace her with a member of the Latino community that has not yet succumbed to the notion that parents crying out for their children is equivalent to the racist rhetoric of hate mongers.
Mr. President and Ms. Munoz: there is right and wrong and our community has been wronged. Mr. President you must mend fences immediately. Ms. Munoz must apologize and then resign.