As Donald Trump continues his assault on immigrants, CNN reports that his pick to lead the Labor Department, Andrew Puzder, just admitted to employing undocumented immigrants for years. It’s an admission that in the past has sunk other Cabinet secretary nominees.
“My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the US,” the business magnate said in a statement Monday.
“When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment,” he added.
Puzder, the head of the parent company that owns fast-food companies Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., said he and his wife have already paid back taxes on the employee.
GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the HELP committee, said since Puzder “voluntarily corrected” his mistake, he doesn’t find the revelation disqualifying, according to CNN.
Puzder’s nomination has been stalled in Congress after a series of delayed hearings from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The Office of Government Ethics has also failed to post Puzder’s ethics paperwork, meaning they have not approved how the businessman will untangle his considerable holdings.