David Frum

03.22.13

Thomas Perez, Obama's Nominee for Secretary of Labor, Has a History of Opposing Immigration Enforcement

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Assistant Attorney General of Justice Department's civil rights division Thomas Perez (R) during a personnel announcement March 18, 2013 at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. President Obama has nominated Perez to succeed Hilda Solis as the next labor secretary. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) ()

Thomas Perez, President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Labor, has a long history of opposing laws to protect American labor. Why isn't this a bigger story? Katrina Trinko from National Review Online offers the details:

As a member of the Montgomery County council in Maryland, [Perez] advocated for day-laborer sites and pushed for IDs distributed by Mexico and Guatemala to count as proof of identity, even though allowing such IDs could give illegal immigrants easier access to government-funded services.

In 2004, Perez went before the Maryland state legislature to testify against several immigration-enforcement bills, including one that would codify the state’s practice of blocking undocumented workers from acquiring driver’s licenses, and another that would require people to prove their citizenship before registering to vote, according to theWashington Post. He also opposed efforts to study how illegal immigrants are a burden on the state budget.