national council of la raza

National Council of La Raza

Far-left racial power organization that's considered mainstream but which funds extremists (also here) and supports illegal immigration as a way of obtaining political power. Funded by, among others, the Ford Foundation, the U.S. government (also see this, this, and this), and major corporations such as HomeDepot and General Motors. Has been pandered to by many top politicians, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Karl Rove (see this). Per the Washington Post, they and a few other groups had "virtual veto power" over the provisions of the 2007 comprehensive immigration reform (i.e., amnesty) bill.

The NCLR offers an "Open Letter to the Public" called "The Truth About NCLR: NCLR Answers Critics" ( The reader is encouraged to compare that to what follows.

Headed by Janet Murguia for several years, before then by Raul Yzaguirre. Former senior VP Cecilia Munoz is now part of the Obama administration. Former chairwoman is Monica Lozano (now on the Bank of America board, more here); current is Andrea Bazan (more here; she's also part of a DHS advisory council).

Their only known link to the Mexican government is that in May 2009 Murguia was given that government's "Ohtli Award", their highest honor for foreigners. That award is basically given to those putative Americans who push Mexico's agenda inside the U.S. They're also part of organizations that include others linked to that government (see Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform) (also see this) and they take every chance they can to support illegal immigration.

In 1994, they gave their "Chicano Hero Award" to the person who'd made this statement years earlier (more on him here, here [no longer available], here; original newspaper report here):

"We have got to eliminate the gringo, and what I mean by that is if the worst comes to the worst, we have got to kill him."

Despite that, the NCLR has taken part in campaigns against "hate speech" and has tried to silence those who discuss facts about illegal immigration. An NCLR rep called the Fairness Doctrine a "partial solution".

The NCLR has consistently opposed most immigration enforcement. In 2007, they joined with some Mexico-linked groups to oppose workplace raids. More recently, they called for a moratorium on those immigration raids until such time as an amnesty bill passes. Also in 2007, they opposed a bill that would have stopped most home loans to illegal aliens. They even wanted to give a special break to illegal aliens charged with identity theft. From one of their reports:

Congress should revise the rules concerning release, deportation, and banishment of noncitizens charged with nonviolent offenses such as identity theft, so that arrested parents can be reunited with their children in cases where children face hardship.

Note that their proposal would only apply to illegal aliens and not to U.S. citizens who were accused of the same crime.

In 2006, Michele Waslin - their former director of Immigration Policy Research - wrote the following about an amendment to an amnesty bill:

"...while it doesn't overtly mention assimilation, it is very strong on the patriotism and traditional american [sic] values language in a way which is potentially dangerous to our communities."

They support giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens; in 2004 they threatened to withdraw a convention in California if Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill from Gil Cedillo that would allow that. Munoz had to "take a deep breath" after John Kerry took the American position.

They "urge passage" ( of the DREAM Act, an anti-American bill that would let the illegal aliens covered by the bill take college educations away from U.S. citizens. See that link for the details.

In December 2008 they joined with several other organizations to demand universal healthcare for all, including illegal aliens.

They refused to denounce Elvira Arellano, the convicted felon who'd been ordered deported and instead holed up in a Chicago church.

They didn't oppose the 2006 events featuring foreign citizens marching through our streets demanding that we change our laws to suit them; they just wanted the marches to be after work or school. They opposed HR4437, in part because of its impact on day laborers centers; about 75% of day laborers are illegal aliens per a UCLA study. During Katrina, they supported illegal aliens taking jobs from American hurricane victims. They also admitted that their "constituents" included illegal aliens. In 2005, they got current Ag Secretary and then Iowa governor Tom Vilsack to apologize for supporting an English-only bill. For examples of their low credibility, here's a misleading Murguia editorial and a disreputable editorial from an NCLR official. And, regarding their past president, see the round-up of Yzaguirre's support for illegal immigration.

In 2004, Munoz appeared on a Western Union panel; that company profits when illegal aliens send money back to their home countries (remittances).

From the pro-business side, they supported AgJobs, an amnesty with an indentured servitude component and their president came out in support of guest workers. In 2007, they joined an amnesty-supporting alliance that included the US Chamber of Commerce. See also this other group including the Chamber as well as a Mexican citizen helping set U.S. immigration policy.

Important note: Some opponents of illegal immigration weaken their case by confusing the NCLR with other groups, parties, movements, or concepts that have "La Raza" in their name; for instance, the NCLR and the defunct La Raza Unida Party are not the same thing. The NCLR has not advocated for reconquista but has issued (lukewarm) renunciations of that general movement. Opponents should concentrate on their reflexive, race-based support for illegal activity and their receipt of government funds, some of which is funneled to extremists.

Last modified Feb 19, 2011
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Cecilia Munoz named to head Domestic Policy Council (former NCLR official) - 01/10/12

From this: The White House announced Tuesday that Cecilia Munoz, a former senior vice president of the National Council of La Raza, would replace Melody Barnes at the top of the [Domestic Policy Council]... Munoz is now serving as the White House's director of intergovernmental affairs and is in charge of outreach to state and local governments...

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Supreme Court upholds 2007 Arizona immigration enforcement law; eVerify; losing: US Chamber, DOJ, Berman, NCLR, ADL, SPLC, AILA, SEIU, LULAC - 05/26/11

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SEIU, NCLR release incredibly deceptive immigration poll (Andrea Nill, Arizona) - 05/15/10

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Questionable NCLR poll: 81% of Latinos oppose Arizona immigration law; plays race card - 05/11/10

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Fmr. NCLR president Raul Yzaguirre nominated ambassador to the Dominican Republic - 12/01/09

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Janet Murguia of NCLR cheers Lou Dobbs departure, warns of more to come - 11/22/09

Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza takes to the pages of Alternet to offer "Dobbs' Resignation Was Long Overdue" ('_resignation_was_long_overdue). Somewhat surprisingly, it doesn't seem to contain any outright lies, just smears and misleading statements. For instance, she tries to blame an increase in hate crimes on Dobbs and others: The rhetoric that Lou and other extreme commentators used surrounding the debate took a harsh turn, so much so that a member of my staff called it a "wave of hate" and said that "this no longer sounds like it's about...

LULAC, Mark Potok of SPLC, NCLR, America's Voice, MMFA cheer & smear over Dobbs leaving - 11/12/09

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Janet Murguia of NCLR called out over Latino/Hispanic label not including indigenous people - 10/23/09

The attached video shows Janet Murguia - head of the National Council of La Raza - being called out by an indigenous activist over her contention that the "Latino" and "Hispanic" labels don't include the indigenous. It's partially a hilarious example of a Race Warrior being hoist on her own petard.

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Napolitano immigration meeting: you weren't represented (vast # of loose borders groups, Obama/Janet anti-287g) - 08/20/09

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George Soros gives $5 million to push Obamacare (HCAN, NCLR, ACORN, SEIU, etc...) - 08/11/09

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Janet Murguia spins "La Raza" and their promotion of extremist groups - 08/06/09

Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza takes to the pages of the Huffington Post to offer "There They Go Again: Tom Tancredo, Mark Krikorian and the Politics of Hate and Fear" ( See the earlier National Council of La Raza promotes radical groups for the backstory. She says: Krikorian of CIS joined in yesterday trying to give Tancredo's rant some credence by harping on the term "La Raza," as in "The National Council of La Raza." Both Tancredo and CIS claim this term translates pejoratively into "The Race"...

National Council of La Raza promotes radical groups - 08/03/09

Tom Tancredo writes: The National Council of La Raza bills itself as "the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States" who works through "its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations." Among these affiliates are several chapters of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan) who La Raza helps fund. Aztlan is what radical "Mechistas"—as they refer to themselves on La Raza’s website—call the American Southwest, which they claim still belongs to Mexico. Their slogan is "Por La Raza todo, Fuera...

NCLR: universal healthcare should include illegal aliens; Janet Murguia's transparent plea - 06/22/09

Via this, the National Council of La Raza has issued a new, completely transparent plea to include illegal aliens in universal healthcare ( They're "strongly urg[ing] President Obama and Congress to make every effort to ensure that health care reform reaches all communities", and they don't want there to be any citizenship or related eligibility testing. They also make this statement: No single community stands to gain as much from this important debate as Latinos. In the U.S., one out of every three uninsured persons and roughly 40% of all uninsured...

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights supports illegal immigration, misleads about hate crimes (SPLC, MALDEF, ADL, NCLR, NHMC...) - 06/19/09

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights has released a new report called "Confronting the New Faces of Hate: Hate Crimes in America 2009" [1]. It's the latest salvo in the attempt by several far-left groups to support massive illegal immigration and to silence their critics. They name-check several of those groups, but their exact involvement in the report isn't clear; the mentions might just be boilerplate. For just one example of how the LCCR is attempting to mislead, see the attached picture. The ominous-looking graph on the top (from the LCCR) shows anti-Hispanic hate crimes from 2003...

Kristin Collins/News & Observer misleads about NCLR (Andrea Bazan) - 06/18/09

Kristin Collins of the Raleigh, North Carolina News & Observer offers "La Raza drawn into debate/Sotomayor is a former member" (link), about Sonia Sotomayor's membership in the NCLR. If you trust Collins' reporting, please compare her report to my extensive summary of that group on the National Council of La Raza page. You'll discover a large number of things Collins didn't tell you; whether that's because she's completely gullible or because she's in on the game isn't known, but in either case her journalistic skills are questionable. The article might be an indication that the NCLR (or...

Janet Murguia of NCLR gets Mexican government's highest award for foreigners; Sarukhan promotes Latino voting, participation - 06/08/09

Back on May 5, the Mexican government gave their highest award for foreigners - the "Ohtli Award" - to Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza. That award is basically given to putative Americans who help the government of Mexico push their agenda inside the U.S.; a list of past winners is here. Per Google's accurate translation, those awards: recognize the contribution of the winners to the empowerment of Mexican communities and Mexican-American in United States (que reconocen la contribución de los galardonados al empoderamiento de las comunidades mexicana y mexicano-americana en...

DHS Southwest Border Task Force includes NCLR chairwoman, recipient of award from Mexican government, more - 06/08/09

The Reform Immigration for America group recently suggested that one part of "reform" should include the formation of an advisory council to make recommendations on dealing with border issues. The Department of Homeland Security's new "Southwest Border Task Force" ( shows how that would work.

Sonia Sotomayor was member of National Council of La Raza from 1998 to 2004 (+Raul Yzaguirre) - 06/05/09

As first discussed here over a week ago, Sonia Sotomayor was member of the far-left, illegal activity-supporting, extemist-funding, racist-awarding National Council of La Raza. Now we know that she was a member from 1998 to 2004 (link).

Does Janet Murguia of NCLR oppose apprehending criminal illegal aliens? (calls those raids "un-American") - 06/04/09

That's the impression I'm getting from this: "For far too long, we have allowed a can’t-do minority to block progress and manipulate this issue to tear our country apart, but the urgency for reform is clear: economically, practically, and morally,” said NCLR president Janet Murguia. "Policies that call for SWAT-like teams to pluck people out of their beds in the middle of the night, lead to racial profiling, separate families, exploit workers, and ignore due process are shamefully un-American." I read the last bit as independent statements: she's opposed to each of those individually. For...

Harry Reid says want immigration "reform" this year; NCLR, MALDEF; business-friendly guest worker plan; promotes unrealistic chain migration - 06/04/09

Earlier today, Harry Reid met with MALDEF and the National Council of La Raza, presumably to discuss comprehensive immigration reform. Before or after, speaking to reporters, he said this: "As far as I’m concerned, we have three major issues we have to do this year, if at all possible: No. 1 is healthcare; No 2 is energy, global warming; No. 3 is immigration reform... It’s going to happen this session, but I want it this year, if at all possible... ...We need (a guest workers plan not just in agriculture but) in the food industry; we need it in the tourism [business] Aside from a massive...

NCLR makes hay out of opponents' mistakes (Sotomayor) - 06/03/09

One would think that a group that gave an award to someone who'd proposed genocide wouldn't have much of a chance at beating their opponents. Yet, the National Council of La Raza is in the lucky position that most of their leading opposition doesn't have a clue about that organization or doesn't have a clue about the best way to oppose them. (For those curious, the way to oppose them is simple: just tell the truth. See the extensive summary of their activities at the last link.)