This is just too funny!
Michael Chertoff, Homeland Security secretary, is the TOP immigration official in the country.
Every few weeks for nearly four years, the Secret Service screened the IDs of employees for a Maryland cleaning company before they entered the house of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the nation's top immigration official.
The company's owner says the workers sailed through the checks — although some of them turned out to be illegal immigrants.
This will be on page one of Thursday's Washington Post
(story not online yet, should be soon)
This pretty much sums up the Bush administration.
Come to think of it, Chertoff does kind of have that Barney Fife thing going.
Now, owner James Reid ... was fined $22,880 after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators said he failed to check identification and work documents and fill out required I-9 verification forms for employees, five of whom he said were part of crews sent to Chertoff's home and whom ICE told him to fire because they were undocumented.
"Our people need to know," said the Montgomery County businessman. "Our Homeland Security can't police their own home. How can they police our borders?"
Well, we certainly need a comprehensive immigration reform, and thankfully that is more likely now with solid Democratic majorities, although expect obstruction from what's left of the GOP in the Senate.
Reid said he was referred to the Chertoffs in 2005 and worked mainly with the secretary's wife, Meryl Chertoff, an adjunct professor and director of the Sandra Day O'Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary at Georgetown Law School. Reid's calendar shows that the Chertoffs paid $185 per visit for his company to clean their suburban Maryland home.