Letters: Hispanic Chamber of Commerce urges confirmation of Labor head

From Javier Palomarez, CEO and President, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) welcomes President Trump’s nomination of Alexander Acosta for secretary of Labor.  Acosta has a thorough knowledge of employment law and served on the National Labor Relations Board, the government agency tasked with protecting the rights and conditions of our American workforce. Those two experiences alone give him a unique understanding of the legal rights of employees and the true realities they face on the job.

Mr. Acosta has a strong record of professional success throughout his career. Since 2009, he has served as the dean of the law school at Florida International University in Miami. Before that, he was an assistant U.S. attorney general, where he helped prosecute Jack Abramoff in one of Washington’s most infamous lobbying scandals.  Later, his work helped the Securities and Exchange Commission reach a settlement with UBS that returned $780 million to U.S. taxpayers.  Early in his career, he was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito.


Mr. Acosta’s success in defending the rights of American citizens is a perfect fit for the goals of this administration. The president has made the protection of our workforce one of his top priorities. Acosta is the perfect choice to lead the Department of Labor, an agency designed to protect and improve the welfare, wages and working conditions for our retired, present and future working Americans. Today, workers face unprecedented threats from technology, where robots and advances in computer software could cost our country millions of jobs.  We are confident that Mr. Acosta’s leadership will help our economy to use these advances in technology to create jobs, not eliminate them.   

In addition, Mr. Acosta would bring a strong bipartisan and cultural perspective to this administration. He has survived three Senate confirmation hearings already for state and federal positions. Additionally, while he would be the only member of the Latino community in the president’s Cabinet, we support him not because he’s Hispanic, but because he is the best American for the job at hand.

The president’s choice of Acosta demonstrates a strong commitment to fill his Cabinet with the best America has to offer. Mr. Acosta’s accomplishments are a source of great pride for our community and our nation. His dedicated public service should serve as an example for anyone interested in contributing to our democracy. That is why the USHCC strongly supports Mr. Acosta as our next secretary of Labor.

Washington, D.C.


GOP healthcare bill falls short of really reforming ObamaCare


From A.J. Castilla

So, finally the GOP has announced their repeal-and-replace ObamaCare alternative. Factually, it both seems like a watered down version of ObamaCare and second, it fails to offer valid healthcare reform.

It is great that the GOP’s proposed legislation eliminates the unfair federal mandate that citizens buy healthcare. But, a similar unfair mandate still exists in Massachusetts, which passed RomneyCare.

Any GOP legislation that doesn’t control increasing costs of health and dental care services, plus prescription drug costs, isn’t replacing ObamaCare nor is valid reform.

Sadly, based on what the GOP just announced, our country is still a long way off from ever implementing actual healthcare reform. Not by a long shot.

Boston, Mass.