Daisy J. Baez, guest columnist on VOXXI.com, describes Tom Perez as a shining example of the American Dream for both the Latino community and other Americans across the country. Perez, a first generation Dominican American, has continuously worked to build his own life and serve the public at multiple levels of government.
“Tom decided to serve his country by practicing law with various State and Federal agencies rising through the ranks in the Department of Justice and later serving as Maryland’s secretary of Labor. He has been faculty at the University of Maryland and George Washington University. He later returned to the Department of Justice where he has served since 2009 when he was nominated by President Barack Obama as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.
Throughout his extensive professional career, Perez has been a longtime advocate for the families of the middle class as well as the civil and human rights of Americans. He has been at the forefront of issues affecting the broad spectrum of people who make up the country.
“His policies priorities have focused on working on behalf of middle class families. He has been an energetic and innovative leader who has led reasonable and proactive responses to issues including civil rights, consumer rights, voting rights, hate crimes, human trafficking, racial profiling, veteran’s rights, disability issues, civilian employment, unfair lending and bullying.”
Politico reporter Glenn Thrush writes that Luis Miranda, former head of Hispanic media for the White House, has warned Washington Republicans that their hardline opposition to U.S. Secretary of Labor Nominee Tom Perez would likely isolate them from Latino communities.
“The longtime Democratic operative, who wrote the op-ed in support of comprehensive immigration reform efforts, predicts that Spanish-language media and community leaders would interpret the defeat of Perez – or even a filibuster against his nomination – as a slap in the face to all Hispanics.”
None of the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of Perez earlier this May. Miranda laid out the possible effects of the defeat or delay of Perez’s confirmation.
“It would be perceived very negatively because he is a guy who brought back a lot of legitimacy to the civil rights division,” Miranda said in an interview with Politico, “which had been gutted financially and operationally under the last administration.”
Democrats in the Senate have also voiced similar opinions that blocking Perez would be detrimental to the Republican Party’s efforts in gaining support from the Latino demographic.