Expected Labor Department Nominee Understands Importance of Immigrant Workforce

Communications Associate

December 8, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reports today indicate that President-elect Donald Trump is expected to put forward Andy Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc., for secretary of the Department of Labor.

Puzder’s previous statements on immigrants suggest that he recognizes their contributions to a thriving economy. In his own businesses and while heading the parent company of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger chains, he has relied on the immigrant workforce.

“Legal immigration policies should support economic growth,” Puzder wrote in a 2015 Wall Street Journal op-ed. “If current quotas are bringing in enough talent, let’s keep them. If more immigration or less red tape will boost the economy, let’s try that. Guest-worker visas should ebb and flow with the economy.”

When the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up Puzder’s nomination, senators should consider the following questions:

  • What are Puzder’s plans for building the capacity of the U.S. workforce to meet the skills needs of employers?
  • How would he reform the H-1B visa system to ensure that it meets the needs of employers and foreign workers who use this program, as well as address potential fraud concerns?
  • How would Puzder’s priorities affect the economic advancement of all U.S. workers, including immigrants, and enable them to reach their full potential?
  • Since Puzder has advocated for broad immigration reform previously, how does he envision reform now?


“Business owners like Andy Puzder understand how crucial immigrant workers are to all workers and to a healthy economy,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “In a potential role as Labor Secretary, he must advocate for workforce policies that benefit employers and employees, including immigrants.”