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Michael Chertoff- I know nothing

The Secretary of Homeland Security knows as little about the people cleaning his house as he does about those people suing him.

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.

Now, owner James D. 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.


Chertoff declined to comment. "We're very constrained in what we can say about anybody who has any kind of issue with the department," he said.


Department of Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said that in this type of investigation, ICE focuses on the employers, not where employees are dispatched. He said that contractors have the responsibility of ensuring that their workers are legal, and that the Chertoffs were assured by Reid that workers sent to their home were legal. Upon learning that Reid might have hired illegal immigrants, the Chertoffs fired him, and the secretary recused himself from the department's subsequent enforcement actions, Knocke said.

I'd want to know as much as possible about people who come and go from my house. How about you?

Maybe those spouses of deceased US citizens can clean Chertoff's house in trade for not getting deported. What an incompetent jackass we have running Immigration in this country.


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Comments (6)

Gee, what's this deal that ... (Below threshold)

Gee, what's this deal that so many persons can't be bothered doing their own work. In my neighborhood, I'm the only guy I know who does my own yardwork, housework, auto and motorcycle repair, TV and electronics repair, plumbing, electrical work and even installed my own furnace. I only drew the line at putting a new roof on the house because I don't like heights very much.

During the Summer, I always feel sorry for some poor Mexican family working hard on my neighbors lawn and come over with cold sodas for them.

When you hire service workers, odds are that many are going to be immigrants. And as hard as many work, many don't even have a decent bed to sleep in at night.

This is what worries me... ... (Below threshold)

This is what worries me...

Every few weeks for nearly four years, the Secret Service screened the IDs of employees...
Four years? FOUR FRIGGIN' YEARS? And the SECRET SERVICE didn't have a clue something was WRONG?

There ought to be some heads rolling and a complete revamp of the screening process in the works!

hooson - "Gee, what's t... (Below threshold)

hooson - "Gee, what's this deal that so many persons can't be bothered doing their own work. In my neighborhood,......"

Yadda.... yadda... yadda... we've all heard it before, you're a Jack[ass] of All Trades.

Bill,You are too kin... (Below threshold)
Dennis P. Skea:

You are too kind to "snakehead" Chertoff, calling him a jackass. You are also insulting to jackasses the world over. I can think of at least a dozen names tht would better describe him. (Remember, he IS a lawyer!!)

Who appointed/recommended C... (Below threshold)

Who appointed/recommended Chertoff as head of Homeland Security? Right that should give you a clue, same as Brown (doing a hell of a good job) of Fema. Remember him?

James Reid should be in jail for 25 years for hiring illegals. That is the only way to stop the CEO's, company owners, etc from hiring illegals. Once jail time occurs for these crooks, the illegal hiring will quit. And yes, right now American's will do that work, but not for piss poor wages. Remember McCain saying that no American would pick lettuce at $50 per hour. A whole bunch of Americans showed up at his campaign headquarters in AZ, demanding those jobs. Guess what, that was shot down as not enough Americans would do that. What a frigging lie they come out with, right?

There is not one job an American won't do, they just want a decent/livable wage. What is wrong with that? Don't you want a decent wage?

Gee, what's this deal th... (Below threshold)

Gee, what's this deal that so many persons can't be bothered doing their own work.

Perhaps work cuts into their hourly meditation, the daily yoga class, the weekly botox sessions, the monthly liposuctions and heaven forbid, all their precious entertainment time.






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