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March 15 2013

Who Is Thomas Perez?

Charlotte Hays

The name of Thomas Perez, the Department of Justice lawyer nominated to be the next Secretary of Labor, was instantly recognizable to readers of J. Christian Adams’ Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department.

Adams resigned from the DOJ after radicals in the department dropped the already almost won voter intimidation case against the Black Panthers who in 2008 tried to frighten white voters, including brandishing a night stick, at a ballot box in Philadelphia.

Adams tells the inside story of a DOJ voting rights division that conscientiously turns a blind eye to corruption by African Americans and refuses to uphold the law when white voters are threatened or disenfranchised. Perez was crucial in DOJ's dismissal of the Black Panther case.

If you read the Adams book, you were prepared for DOJ’s crusade against requiring voters to have IDs. What you might not have been prepared for was the nomination of Perez for a Cabinet position. One would think even the Obama administration might have hesitated to send such a nomination to Capitol Hill. While the GOP doesn't have the votes to prevent Perez from becoming Labor Secretary, it could use the nomination to air some dirty DOJ linen.

A recent report by the DOJ’s inspector general on the Civil Rights division, headed by Perez, provides a look at , in Adams’s words, “systemic racialist dysfunction inside one of the most powerful federal government agencies.”

Adams wrote on March 12:

The report was prepared in response to Representative Frank Wolf’s (R-VA) outrage over the New Black Panther voter intimidation dismissal.  In response to the report, Rep. Wolf said today, the “report makes clear that the division has become a rat’s nest of unacceptable and unprofessional actions, and even outright threats against career attorneys and systemic mismanagement.”

Former Voting Section Chief Chris Coates and I both testified about the hostility towards race-neutral law enforcement by the Justice Department.

[The IG’s report] paints a disgusting portrait, confirming our accounts.

Perez reportedly treated the report as a vindication of his hiring policies, claiming that it showed he was hiring qualified lawyers. What planet was he on? Adams writes:

[Perez] must not have read page 218 of the report. And Perez, of course, misses entirely the point of the charges levied at the division about hiring per our [George Soros funded] Every Single One series.

Qualifications weren’t the core issue, ideological biases were.

And on that score, the IG report offers Perez no quarter. In fact, the IG report concludes that the criteria — that only attorneys with experience working at a civil rights organization, which is invariably (and empirically) left of center, will be hired — should not be a qualification in the future. Perez should know better than to claim that the report vindicates the division’s hiring decisions, because Perez himself complained about the recommendation to jettison this “civil rights group experience” qualification.

(The second Adams article quoted is there.)

Perez is in favor of dropping enforcement against illegal aliens. As Michelle Malkin noted, while Perez worked at the Clinton DOJ, where he established a “Worker Exploitation Task Force” to beef up working conditions for illegals, he was also volunteering at Casa Maryland. Malkin writes:

This notorious illegal alien advocacy group is funded through a combination of taxpayer-subsidized grants (totaling $5 million in 2010 alone from Maryland and local governments) and radical liberal philanthropy, including billionaire George Soros' Open Society Institute.

That's in addition to more than $1 million showered on the group by freshly departed Venezuelan thug Hugo Chavez's regime-owned oil company, CITGO.

Perez eventually became president of the Casa Maryland board.

Under the guise of enhancing the "multicultural" experience, he crusaded for an ever-expanding set of illegal alien benefits, from in-state tuition discounts for illegal alien students to driver's licenses and tax-subsidized day labor centers. Casa de Maryland opposes enforcement of deportation orders, has protested post-9/11 coordination of local, state and national criminal databases, and produced a "know your rights" propaganda pamphlet for illegal aliens that depicted federal immigration agents as armed bullies making babies cry.

The group can claim credit for pushing the White House to issue an estimated 800,000 illegal alien deportation waivers by executive fiat. And now, Casa de Maryland is currently leading the charge for an even broader illegal alien "path to citizenship."

No, as noted, Republicans don’t have the votes to prevent this man from becoming Labor Secretary.

But Senator Rand Paul has demonstrated the power of standing up to (literally) the Obama administration.

The public must be made aware of the harmful agenda of a Labor Department headed by Thomas Perez.

 

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