A White House official was jeered Thursday when she dismissed a campaign that calls for an end to U.S. deportations as unviable.
Domestic Policy Council director, Cecilia Muñoz, told the annual conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association that the #Not1More campaign was useless, and that attorneys should focus their energies on the enforcement policy.
Marisa Franco, an activist for the migrants’ rights campaign said that as someone whose job it is to defend Obama’s immigration plans, Muñoz should refrain from commenting on social campaigns.
“Instead of targeting efforts for justice like Not1More, Muñoz should’ve taken this opportunity to announce an end to immigrant detention,” Franco said. “The White House’s job to make immigration policy more humane is far from complete and we will continue to push this administration.”
As a result of the controversial speech, 17 members of the organization have written to the immigration lawyers’ body to ask to revoke the official’s invitation as guest speaker.
“She is directly responsible for causing children to suffer severe and prolonged physical and mental harm in detention centers,” the letter said. “Additionally, Ms. Muñoz has fully backed President Obama’s multi-pronged policy to prevent Central American children from escaping death, severe bodily or mental harm, and rape.”
Earlier this week, a teenage mother who cut her wrists while in a migrant detention center in Texas, spoke of her ordeal leading up to being deported back to Honduras.
The 19-year-old, who fled rape and death threats in her own country, claims that she was denied access to her lawyer after the incident.
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