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"The question of executive action, my friends, is a 'when' question," Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez assured attendees at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's convention, asserting that Mr. Obama still shares their values, despite having repeatedly put off thorny decisions on immigration. (Associated Press)

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, center, flanked by Treasury Secretary and Managing Trustee Jacob J. Lew, left, and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, speaks at a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, to discuss the release of the annual Trustees Reports. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, center, flanked by Treasury Secretary and Managing Trustee Jacob J. Lew, left, and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, speaks at a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, to discuss the release of the annual Trustees Reports. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez is facing questions from Republicans over what he knows about the woman heading an investigation into the IRS' targeting of tea party groups. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez is facing questions from Republicans over what he knows about the woman heading an investigation into the IRS' targeting of tea party groups. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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**FILE** President Obama applauds in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18, 2013, during his announcement that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez (right) for Labor secretary. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** President Obama applauds in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18, 2013, during his announcement that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez (right) for Labor secretary. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** President Obama applauds in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18, 2013, during his announcement that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez (right) for Labor secretary. (Associated Press)

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Former Justice Department lawyers question whether Thomas E. Perez, the department’s Civil Rights Division chief, is the right choice to be labor secretary. (Associated Press)

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Former Justice Department lawyers question whether Thomas E. Perez, the department’s Civil Rights Division chief, is the right choice to be labor secretary. (Associated Press)

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President Obama applauds in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18, 2013, during his announcement that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez (right) for Labor Secretary. (Associated Press)

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President Obama applauds in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18, 2013, during his announcement that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez (right) for Labor Secretary. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** President Obama applauds in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18, 2013, during his announcement that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez (right) for Labor secretary. (Associated Press)

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Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Thursday said that to create lasting reform, the island's police department must act to develop and implement new policies and protocols.

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Thomas E. Perez, 51, has led the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division since 2009 as an assistant U.S. attorney general. Previously, he served as labor secretary in Maryland. He is seen as President Obama’s likely pick to head the Labor Department. (Associated Press)

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"Hispanics disproportionately lack either a driver's license or a personal identification card issued by [the state's Department of Public Safety]," Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said in a letter. (Associated Press)

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Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Thursday said that to create lasting reform, the island's police department must act to develop and implement new policies and protocols.

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Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez (left) announces results of a 10-month investigation that found New Orleans police officers engaged in unconstitutional conduct and violated federal laws. Also at the Thursday news conference were Mayor Mitch Landrieu (center) and Deputy Attorney General James Cole. (Associated Press)