Hispanic groups welcome choice of Acosta to be Labor secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hispanic groups are praising the nomination of Alexander Acosta to be Labor secretary.

President Donald Trump announced the nomination today, a day after fast-food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration.

Acosta would be the first Hispanic member of Trump's Cabinet.

The law school dean served as an assistant attorney general for civil rights under George W. Bush. He has served on the National Labor Relations Board and as a federal prosecutor in Florida.

The head of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce says Acosta is an ``outstanding choice.'' Javier Palomarez says Acosta has shown ``a skill set and expertise both in the private and public sector which will serve the administration and the nation greatly.''

Puzder pulled out of the process on the eve of his confirmation hearing, which had been scheduled for today, because Republicans had concerns about an array of personal and professional issues. Puzder said he had employed _ and belatedly paid taxes on _ a housekeeper not authorized to work in the United States.