Mi Familia Vota: Will Acosta Be An Advocate for Latino Workers as U.S. Secretary of Labor?

02.16.2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 16,  2017

 

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Mi Familia Vota: Will Acosta Be An Advocate for Latino Workers as U.S. Secretary of Labor?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following is a statement from Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota, on the nomination of Alexander Acosta, dean of the Florida International University College of Law in Miami, to the position of Secretary of Labor:

“We are encouraged by the nomination of Alexander Acosta to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Acosta has shown throughout his career an openness to engaging in bipartisan work.

“Unfortunately, thus far under the Trump Administration we have not observed agendas or policies that will benefit the Latino community or working-class people. Although we recognize that Acosta’s nomination has potential, we will scrutinize him as candidate and expect the U.S. Senate to be comprehensive in their vetting and ask the necessary questions to determine what type of work he will pursue and attempt to implement on behalf of the Trump Administration. As advocates for Latino workers, we will remain vigilant and are ready to fight any actions that would erode workers’ rights and hard-earned benefits.

“Additionally, it is very clear that President Donald Trump has surrounded himself with people who are not pushing back against his unconstitutional and corrosive anti-immigrant and anti-refugee agenda that is separating families. We expect that Acosta will take a strong stance in protecting immigrants, especially the young immigrants with whom he has had close relationships with throughout his tenure as dean of the Florida International University College of Law in Miami. We need more voices within the Trump Administration to speak up about the chaos these policies targeting immigrants have on our community.”

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