Thursday, December 11, 2008
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff used a house cleaning service who employed illegal immigrants.
The irony is rich.
Every few weeks for nearly four years, the Secret Service allegedly screened the IDs of employees of Maryland-based Consistent Cleaning Service before they entered the home of the nation’s top immigration official.
The company’s owner, James D. Reid, says the workers sailed through the checks — although some of them turned out to be illegal immigrants.
Now, Reid finds himself in a predicament that he considers especially confounding. In October, he 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.
Reid raises an interesting point: “Our people need to know, our Homeland Security can’t police their own home. How can they police our borders?”
Chertoff declined to comment.
In addition to the Chertoff’s house, Reid said, his service once cleaned the Washington home of former president Bill Clinton and now secretary of state-designee, Hillary Clinton.
I don’t know about you but I certainly feel safer.