LULAC Praises President Obama's Nomination of Thomas Edward Perez for Secretary of Labor
March 18, 2013
Contact: Paloma Zuleta, 202-833-6130, PZuleta (at) LULAC . org
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, President Obama nominated Thomas Edward Perez for the position of Secretary of Labor, which would make him one of the top ranking Latinos to serve in the President Obama administration. If confirmed Mr. Perez will replace Secretary Solis as the next Labor Secretary.
Currently, Mr. Perez is the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice and has been successful in defending against draconian voter ID laws. He has spearheaded 17 probes of police and sheriff's departments for civil rights violations, the most in the Department's 54-year history.
"LULAC has worked closely with the civil rights office and knows the caliber of person that the President has tapped as his next Secretary of Labor," said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. "Both Mr. Perez's professional background, which includes a diverse knowledge for the different branches of government, and his passionate work on behalf of the oppressed, make him the most qualified person to serve as Secretary of Labor."
Those close to Mr. Perez describe him as a dedicated public servant. LULAC hopes his confirmation proceeds without partisan delay.
LULAC looks forward to continuing its work with the Civil Rights Office in ensuring voter rights laws protect the minority communities and knows that with Mr. Perez heading the Department of Labor we will have an advocate fighting on behalf of labor issues that impact our community.
LULAC National President Margaret Moran and LULAC Executive Director Brent Wilkes were invited guests for the White House official announcement.
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 900 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