Maegan Ortiz

Maegan Ortiz is the publisher and managing editor of Vivir Latino, a web site focusing on the political, entertainment and cultural events that affect the Latina diaspora.

Recent Articles

How do You Solve a Problem Like Cecilia?

A once-fierce advocate of immigrant right turns into the Obama administration's mouthpiece on deportations.

AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari
W hen president-elect Barack Obama named Cecilia Muñoz as director of intergovernmental affairs at the White House, Latino nonprofits and media outlets celebrated. Her appointment was viewed as a sign of inclusion for Latinos in government and an example of our growing political power. Given that Muñoz was the former senior vice president for the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national U.S. Latino civil-rights organization and a prominent advocate for immigrant rights—many expected that her advocacy would move with her into the White House. That’s not what happened. Instead, Muñoz has become the administration's Spanish-language mouthpiece on immigration policy. When answering questions about the rising number of deportations and detentions; the rapid expansion of immigration-enforcement programs like Secure Communities; and the failure to provide short-term, administrative relief in the absence of an immigration-...