The organization’s launch comes as other immigration proponents are ratcheting up their own efforts. This week, the National Immigration Forum is hosting a two-day conference in Washington, bringing together church leaders, moderate business leaders and law enforcement officials in an attempt to draw attention to the larger consensus for action on immigration reform in 2013.
So far, immigration proponents are upbeat — at least publicly — about a new voice joining the immigration debate.
“They want to make sure they are leveraging their position with the White House and the president to reinforce the issues of importance to the Hispanic community,” said Janet Murguia, president and CEO of National Council of La Raza, whom Muñoz has consulted on his effort. “It is a welcomed and positive dynamic for us as a community. It enhances our voice.”