Perez new Labor Secretary

CNC reporting from Washington
Added On March 19, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Thomas Perez as the new Labor Secretary.

It'll give him a key role in the administration's efforts to raise the minimum wage and reform immigration laws.
Perez, 51, the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, has been put in charge of the Civil Rights Division with the Justice Department since 2009.

Perez will be the first Latino nominated to Obama's second-term cabinet so far.

He's expected to face opposition from some Republican senators.

Obama described Perez's career as exemplifying the American success story.

"Tom’s knowledge and experience will make him an outstanding Secretary of  Labor. And there’s plenty of work to do."

Obama also lauded Perez's work on civil rights issues in a number of government positions.

"We need to build an immigration system that works for every employee, and every family and every business. I am confident that Tom is going to be able to work to promote economic growth, but also make sure that growth is broad-based."

Obama urged the Senate to confirm Perez quickly. He said Thomas Perez would be an integral part of his economic team.