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Labor Secretary Nominee Suspected of Hiring Illegal Labor

HeadlineJan 08, 2001

ABC reported yesterday Linda Chavez, President-elect George W. Bush’s nominee for labor secretary, allowed a Guatemalan woman who was in the United States illegally to live in her home and gave the woman spending money. The television report quoted Chavez as saying through a Bush spokesperson that the woman did odd jobs around her home and was occasionally given spending money, although Chavez did not consider the money as compensation for work. Chavez, a former Reagan administration official whose nomination is strongly opposed by labor unions, is among three Bush cabinet choices expected to undergo intense questioning in the Senate in upcoming confirmation hearings. The others are conservative abortion rights foe John Ashcroft as attorney general and former Colorado Attorney General Gail Norton as interior secretary. Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota says if the Chavez report is true, it could cause major problems for her nomination.

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