Meet the Latino in Charge of Outlining Obama's Immigration Policy
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Its fitting that Mariano-Florentino CuÃ©llar grew up in Calexico, the California town whose name is a combination of California and Mexico. As a leader of President-elect Barack Obamaâ€™s task force on immigration, CuÃ©llar can certainly use some transcultural sensitivity.
CuÃ©llar, a law professor at Stanford University, has been named one of the co-heads of the Obama transitionâ€™s Immigration Policy Working Group. The transitionâ€™s web site says, he is in charge of â€œworking on a plan to implement the President-electâ€™s commitments to fix the immigration system through legislative and executive actions that promote prosperity, enhance our security, strengthen families, and advance the rule of law.â€
CuÃ©llar has called the current immigration situation in the U.S. â€œa humanitarian crisis that weâ€™ve ignoredâ€ and one that deserves an appropriate response, Spanish wire Agencia EFE reported.