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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:11 PM
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Feds: Homeland Security Boss Employed Illegals, Charged
Feds: Homeland Security Boss Employed Illegals

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/18212578/detail.ht...

New England Port Chief Charged In Federal Complaint


POSTED: 1:29 pm EST December 5, 2008
UPDATED: 2:23 pm EST December 5, 2008

BOSTON --

Federal officials Friday charged Boston's top Homeland Security port director with employing three different illegal immigrants from Brazil to clean her home at the same time she was in charge of overseeing the security of the port and supervising border protection officers.

Lorraine Henderson, 52, of Salem, Mass., was charged in a federal complaint with encouraging an illegal immigrant to live in the United States knowing it against the law to do so.


"For any member of Customs and Border Protection to allegedly compromise their authority, and the security of our international ports of entry -- violating the same immigration laws that they are charged with upholding -- is unconscionable," said U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan in a prepared release announcing the charges.

Henderson turned in her firearm, badge, Homeland Security vehicle and access passes to Customs and Border Protection facilities to federal authorities after being served with the complaint, Sullivan's office said.

As the Boston-area port director, Henderson was responsible for the inspection and admission of foreign nationals who seek entry into the United States.

She was also responsible for preventing the entry of illegal immigrants into the U.S. through the Boston Area ports of entry, the U.S. Attorney's office said.


Henderson, who has been the Boston Area Port director for the Department of Homeland Security since 2003, is responsible for overseeing all of the international ports of entry in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, including Logan International Airport, T.F. Green International Airport in Rhode Island, and Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.

Federal official said Henderson was warned in 2006 by a co-worker that she shouldn't employ illegal immigrants to clean her home, but allegedly continued to do so, paying one of them $75 for each cleaning.

One of the immigrants began cooperating with customs authorities in 2008 and allegedly told Henderson she was not in the country legally but had come through Mexico to California and just stayed. She told Henderson she had not been able to get papers to stay in the U.S., according to a federal affidavit.

Henderson was recorded allegedly telling the woman, "You have to be careful cause they will deport you. Be careful," according to federal prosecutors.

Henderson was also recorded allegedly advising the housecleaner, "If you leave they wont let you back ... you cant leave, dont leave ... cause once you leave you will never be back."


She also allegedly paid two of her housecleaner's friends, who were also in the country illegally, to clean her home while the first housecleaner took time off to have a baby.

If convicted, Henderson faces up to 10 years imprisonment, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.




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mrreowwr_kittty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:14 PM
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1. Dumb dumb dumb. nt
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onethatcares Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:17 PM
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2. apparently there just aren't enough Americans that would want
to do those types of jobs. But the beotch was warned in 2006??????????By a fucking co worker no less. Do you think she'll delay,deny, and stretch this out for a long long time? :wtf:
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:20 PM
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4. I disagree. I know many citizens that would clean houses for $75.00 per and
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 05:20 PM by Breeze54
"drag it out"? I have no idea. She was just charged today

and this is the first time I've ever heard her name.

I'm sure she'll be getting a lawyer. Wouldn't you?
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onethatcares Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:24 PM
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13. I left out the "sarcasm" emoticon, but for some
reason I expect more from those in charge.
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:30 PM
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14. She obviously didn't think the laws applied to her, personally.
:eyes:

She didn't do what she was hired to do. Plain and simple.

Thanks for letting me know you were being sarcastic.

I should've known that but apparently my sarcasm detector is on the fritz tonight!! :rofl:

:hi:
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:19 PM
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3. I have an Asian Art Gallery.
Two of them, actually.

My housekeeper/cook/dog-walker is a Chinese woman who has overstayed her visa.

If caught, do I get to keep my firearms?


Damn, this is a perfect example of Republican Hypocrisy.

KnR

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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:23 PM
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5. Well; do you work for the Federal Gov. and have to carry a fire arm?
If not, then my guess is no one will take you weapon or your housekeeper.

But this person in the article was derelict in her duties that she swore to uphold.

I don't know if she is an R or a D. I have no idea.
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:39 PM
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8. I was kidding.
About them confiscating my firearms, that is.

I imagine it is a pretty safe bet that the woman is an R. I have yet to meet a suit with DHS who wasn't a 'pub. Crappy, suits, common haircuts, you name it.

We were the first town where DHS set up their pathetic GetReady(your ZIP Code here) program. Their people were all over the place. I posted an account of the trial-run fiasco of GetReady94920 on DU and heard from DHS the very next day. They even classifed the farce, after the fact, and forbade our local weekly paper from reporting on it.

They were like the Keystone Kops.

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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:54 PM
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10. I figured your reply was 'tongue in cheek'...
:P I should've added a smilie. Sorry.

She may be an R and we know she's a hypocrite, so that almost assures that she's an R. :P

"I have yet to meet a suit with DHS who wasn't a 'pub."

And she was appointed in '03, during Romney's reign here in MA.


Sounds like somebody got sick of her saying one thing and doing another. Her co-worker maybe?

:hi:

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glowing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:30 PM
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6. I would do it for $75.00 for the day..
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 05:31 PM by glowing
Currently, I'm at $80.00 and then taxes and the rest come out of the pay check.. So under the table, I'd be loving the money.
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:35 PM
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7. Me too... that would be extra grocery money and gas money!
Nice little chunk of change, especially if it was under the table, which this was!
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glowing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:49 PM
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9. Exactly.... Amazing how they decide what Americans would do for money..
and now in these crazy times, I bet most would do it for less than the $75.00.. Seriously, I do my own home for free.
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:57 PM
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11. LMAO!! I don't do my home!!
:rofl:

I'm waiting for the 'cleaning fairy' to show up and take all the dust away! :P

I have two friends who clean houses for a living and they are not paid that much
and are always looking for jobs. They would've jumped on that job in a heart beat!
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glowing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:13 PM
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12. I know. Its a great way to supplement income.. these days there is less
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 06:14 PM by glowing
need for cleaning people with some of these richies losing assets. I used to do it when I was in highschool for people who owned vacation homes, or for people who owned rental property who lived out of state. My mom is looking for an extra job like that now. But with the hard times less people are on vacation or in need of cleaning services.

The one side I find funny is thinking of these prima donna's with their perfect nails and coifed hair cleaning the toilet and scrubbing their floors.
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