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Thomas Perez: Obama's Labor Secretary Choice

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Supporters call him a dedicated civil rights enforcer. He has little labor experience. His civil rights advocacy won't matter. Politics trumps principle. 

Perez's nomination comes at a time offshoring manufacturing, technology and other jobs continues. Workers lucky enough to have jobs face pay and benefit cuts. 

Foreign workers given H-1b/L-1 visas fill many remaining openings. They do so at lower pay. US employees face sacking after training them. A race to the bottom assures more of the same.

Obama's exploiting immigrants. Millions of family members of legal US residents await permanent residency status.  

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Proposed legislation imposes tough standards. Undocumented immigrants will be forced to the back of the line. US citizens trying to bring unmarried Mexican children to America requires waiting 17 years or longer. Might as well wait a lifetime.

Sweeping Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) discriminatory harshness continues. Obama treats undocumented immigrants like criminals. He deported record numbers. He incarcerates thousands more.

Obama spurns them. He's contemptuous of worker rights. Don't expect Peres to make a difference. He won't dare challenge his boss. He won't be around very long if he tries.

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