It is such a short time after my previous post, and yet I have come upon a real topper in an article in today's Boston Globe concerning the Homeland Security employee who has been convicted of a felony for employing an illegal immigrant.
Here is a quote from the article:
She secretly tape-recorded Henderson advising her not to leave the country or she would be deported.
This is presented as evidence that Henderson, the Homeland Security employee, was encouraging Bettincourt, the Brazilian cleaning lady, to remain in the country illegally. I'm not making this up- there it is in the newspaper. I guess it's sort of like "you can't fire me because I quit." That is, unless the reach of Homeland Security now extends to deportation from other countries. Would she be deported back to the US?
The Judge is looking for a sense of proportion, for which I laud him.
We are told Bettincourt is now in the country legally. Therein lies a tale, I'm sure.
I have another statement ripe with internal contradiction to add to my collection of public utterances that prove, once again, that Edmund Carpenter was right about the force of the media.
And finally, the now legal cleaning lady will lose her employer.