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Democrats Exploiting Latina Housekeeper
Democrats have been making a big issue of the fact that Meg Whitman's former Latina housekeeper is in the country illegally. Democrats are apparently hoping Hispanics will ignore the fact that they have had a chance to change immigration law, but have refused to do so.
It must be great to live in a state that doesn't have any significant problems. Or, did former governor (1975-1983) Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown bring up Republican opponent Meg Whitman's hiring of an illegal immigrant because he has no idea how to deal with California's current problems.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Brown http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg_Whitman http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/03/MNGG1FNGTV.DTL
Whitman hired Nicandra "Nicky" Diaz Santillan as a housekeeper at a generous wage of $23 an hour after being shown documents indicating Diaz Santillan was in the country legally. Whitman fired Diaz Santillan after being told she was in the country illegally, but told Diaz Santillan she wouldn't be reported to authorities. Whitman had come to think of Diaz Santiallan as a member of the family and thus wasn't willing to report her to authorities..
Whitman did Diaz Santillan a favor by firing her before Whitman entered the public arena as a candidate for governor. People in the country illegally need to avoid public attention to avoid discovery. Employees of politicians are automatically in the spotlight.
Diaz Santillan wanted Whitman to help her stay in the country legally, but that would probably have been impossible for a Republican politician during a Democratic administration In fact attempting to do so might have caused the government to deport Diaz Santillan.
If you watch cop or lawyer shows you will notice that competent attorneys advise clients who have been arrested to not tell the police anything.
Gloria Allred apparently doesn't care about protecting the rights of her client Nicandra "Nicky" Diaz Santillan. Allred told everyone, including law enforcement officers, that Diaz Santillan was guilty of violating immigration law even though Santillan wasn't in custody and law enforcement officers may not have even suspected she was illegally in the country. Diaz Santillan could be in trouble unless Allred has worked out a secret deal with President Barack Obama to allow Diaz Santillan to avoid prosecution if she helps the Democrats win California. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_A...
If immigration authorities want people to take the law seriously they have no choice but to arrest Santillan for being in the country illegally, identity theft and lying on income withholding forms. Failure to take action would imply that those who help Democratic politicians are above the law. I wonder if immigration authorities are prepared to explain their actions to a Republican congressional committee. http://www.cis.org/mortensen/whitman-maid-document-fraud
If I were more ambitious I would try to find out if Allred has made any comments about Arizona's immigration law. She seems to share the opinion of Arizona authorities that Hispanics should automatically be suspected of being in the country illegally. Allred claims that Meg Whitman should have known Diaz Santiallan was in the country illegally when she received a letter from the Social Security Administration referring to a discrepancy in Diaz Santillan's name and social security number.
Allred hopes we won't read the letter which explicitly states "this letter makes no statement about your employee's immigration status." The letter warns that it "is not a basis, in and of itself, for you to take any adverse action against the employee such as laying off, suspending, firing or discriminating against the employee. Any employer who uses the information in this letter to justify taking adverse action against the employee may violate state or federal law or be subject to legal consequences." http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_16218378?source=pkg
The normal assumption for a letter about a female employee indicating her name and Social Security number didn't match would be that she changed her name without notifying the Social Security Administration.
The fact that Whitman paid Diaz Santillan $23 an hour indicates Whitman didn't know Diaz Santillan was in the country illegally. In 2007, most non-Boeing aircraft workers in Washington made less than $23 an hour. Those who knowingly employ people who are in the country illegally typically pay them very low wages.
Diaz Santiallan's claim that she wasn't paid for some hours worked sounds like the type of disagreement that can normally occur between employer and employee. The complaint about not being paid for running errands might make sense if Diaz Santillan hadn't being paid $23 an hour. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/nov05election/detail?entry_id=73851
Diaz Santialln wouldn't have much chance in a civil suit against Whitman because Diaz Santillan has admitted lying about her immigration status and her identity.
Democrats are clearly using Diaz Santillan for political purposes and its unlikely they care as much about her as Meg Whitman does. Whitman tried to help Diaz Santillan stay in the country the only way Whitman could by severing ties with Diaz Santillan so that the publicity surrounding Whitman wouldn't expose her status.
The exposure Diaz Santillan has received may make it impossible for her to find another job because she has told everyone she is here illegally.
The incident demonstrates what is wrong with immigration law. Potential terrorists like the Times Square bomber and the 9/11 hijackers can enter the country legally, but a hard working mother like Diaz Santuillan has to sneak in. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Tim...
Democrats have had two years to change immigration law since Barack Obama became President. The fact they haven't done so indicates they like the law just the way it is. Democrats want foreign manual labor in the country, but they want the workers to have to enter the country illegally so their friends can hire the illegal immigrants at substandard wages.
Democrats have changed health care and bank regulations. Why haven't they changed immigration?