U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is poised to leave the Biden administration, according to reports in several media outlets.

Key Points:

  • Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Secretary of Labor is responsible for overseeing labor certification and attestation programs, which are generally designed to ensure that the admission of foreign workers into the United States does not adversely affect the job opportunities, wages and working conditions of U.S. workers.
  • Walsh is the son of immigrant parents and recently advocated for reforming the U.S. immigration system to stay competitive economically with other countries.

Additional Information: Walsh was sworn in as Secretary of Labor on March 23, 2021, and is reportedly leaving to run the National Hockey League Players’ Association. He is the first Cabinet-level official to depart the Biden administration. The White House has not yet issued an official statement or provided a timetable for nominating a permanent replacement.

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