This was an article I found on Drudge that didn't seem to get a lot play in the media.
New England border protection chief charged with hiring illegal immigrants
The regional director of Homeland Security, Customs, and Border Protection was charged today with repeatedly hiring illegal immigrants to clean her Salem home after one cleaner wore a wire during an undercover investigation.
Lorraine Henderson is the director of the Port of Boston, overseeing 190 armed federal officers who patrol major airports and shipping terminals in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
According to an eight-page affidavit unsealed today, Henderson had employed a Brazilian woman to clean her home for $75 to $80 every few weeks for several years. Henderson's fellow officers at US Customs and Border Protection told her in 2005 and 2006 that it was against the law to hire illegal immigrants and urged her to find another housekeeper. Not only did she ignore the advice, according to the affidavit, but when the housekeeper took time off to have a baby, Henderson also allegedly hired two of the housekeeper's Brazilian friends who were also in the country illegally.
After having a baby, the original housekeeper allegedly came back to work for Henderson, who counseled her to avoid detection by law enforcement. The housekeeper told her, according to the affidavit, that she had been living in the United States illegally for seven years after paying a man to smuggle her across the Mexican border.
"You have to be careful 'cause they will deport you. Be careful," Henderson told the housekeeper in a conversation Sept. 9, 2008, that was recorded on the wire. "Wow, wow, if you leave they won't let you back … you can't leave, don't leave … 'cause once you leave you will never be back."
So we have a highly placed official in the Homeland Security department not only hiring illegals and ignoring the advice of fellow agents to stop the practice, she's coaching the illegal on how to avoid detection.
Is there anyone left out there who wonders why we can't get our illegal immigration problem under control?
I realize this is only one incident but keep two things in mind.
She oversaw 190 agents. How hard was she pushing them to fight illegals from coming in? At least so of them knew she was hiring an illegal so what did this do for morale and the drive to fight illegal immigration among her subordinates? We all know how the rumor mill works in our place of employment, if a few agents knew than every agent knew.
She did this for years. She was a regional director and the Department of Homeland Security couldn't even catch her breaking the law right under their noses. For years. What kind of Keystone Kops outfit are they running there.
Finally, while this is one incident, I think it is fair to ask if it is the only incident. With the above mentioned points, there appears to be a culture of tolerance in the agency for this type of behavior. How could we possibly be assured this is an isolated incident?