Mexican actor Demian Bichir has been appointed an ambassador for the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Oscar nominee will oversee immigration rights as part of his official new role, and he hopes to represent Latinos living and working in the U.S.

Bichir says, "I'm going to be giving 12 million people a voice that they don't have.

"I get to go to Congress and the White House and host screenings... and pretty much tell everyone what this community actually do (sic) for us."

In 2011 film A Better Life, Bichir portrayed a gardener struggling with immigration issues.