Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at a town hall meeting at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's chief domestic policy adviser keeps a framed letter from the late Democratic senator and immigration advocate Ted Kennedy in her West Wing office.
Kennedy wrote the letter to Cecilia Munoz in 2007 following the collapse of bipartisan efforts to overhaul the nation's fractured immigration system.
The letter says, quote, "We didn't complete the journey, but we'll get there."
For Munoz, a veteran of that fight and many earlier ones, completing the journey has never felt more possible.
As head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, it's Munoz who is leading Obama's effort to break through years of partisan gridlock and provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of people living illegally in the United States.