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LULAC Congratulates Alex Acosta on His Confirmation as Secretary of Labor

April 28, 2017

Latino Civil Rights Organization Looks Forward to Working with Secretary Acosta
on Protecting the Rights of Workers in the United States

Washington, D.C. – Today, the League of United Latin American Citizens, this nation’s largest and oldest Latino membership organization, congratulated Alex Acosta on his bipartisan confirmation as Secretary of Labor. Secretary Acosta is the last of President Trump’s cabinet members to be confirmed by the Senate and he is currently the only Hispanic serving as the Secretary of a cabinet agency.

“LULAC is delighted that the Senate has confirmed Alex Acosta as our nation’s Secretary of Labor,” stated LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr. “Secretary Acosta’s confirmation brings a much needed Latino voice to President Trump’s cabinet and to the Department of Labor. We call upon the President to continue to nominate outstanding public servants like Alex Acosta who reflect the diversity of America as he fills other important positions within his administration.”

The confirmation marks the fourth time that Secretary Acosta has been confirmed by the full Senate for a political position underscoring the breadth of experience that he brings to the Department of Labor. Previously Acosta served as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice under President George W. Bush and was a member of the National Labor Relations Board.

“LULAC worked closely with Secretary Acosta during his time as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights to defend the rights of Latinos in the United States including the rights of Latino employees,” stated LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “We look forward to working with him once again to protect the rights of Latino employees at a time of accelerating income inequality and tremendous change in our economy.”

The confirmation comes as President Trump nears the mark of his first 100 days in office.

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

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