If he is selected as labor secretary, Perez would have many issues on his plate. Congress is considering a sweeping immigration overhaul and one of the key sticking points has been how to bring in more high-skilled and low-skilled immigrant workers into the United States. Perez has the support of organized labor groups, who have balked at a traditional guest-worker program for lower-skilled immigrants.
The president has also proposed raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 per hour.
While Perez could be the only Latino in Obama's second-term cabinet, the president has selected other Latinos to fill key administration positions. For example, Edith Ramirez was recently designated chair of the Federal Trade Commission.