Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Congratulations, Secretary Solis!

I am pleased to say that the Senate finally confirmed Congresswoman Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor!

Her confirmation had previously been postponed due to partisan bickering and a review of her husband's taxes. But the Senate continued with her hearing yesterday and came out with a positive vote.

This is great news for our communities. As Frank Sherry, the director of America's Voice said:

"Secretary Solis understands how our dysfunctional immigration system leads to worker exploitation. When millions of undocumented workers are without the protection of the law, it encourages unscrupulous employers to undercut the wages and working conditions of all workers. These bad actor employers also undercut honest competitors who do play fair. Strong labor law enforcement combined with immigration reform that brings undocumented workers out of the shadows will restore the rule of law to both the labor market and the immigration system. We look forward to working with Secretary Solis and other members of the Obama Administration to make this goal a reality in the coming year."

Congratulations, Secretary Solis!

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