Nicky Diaz Santillan , Meg Whitman’s housekeeper of nine years, recently stepped forward to announce she was an undocumented worker. Santillan also stated that Whitman realized her Social Security number did not match her name. Ms. Santillan’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, claims that Santillan was financially abused and refused allowance to visit her home. They note that Santillan worked very cheap at $23 an hour, and that being fired by Whitman was unfair and cruel. They are currently suing the gubernatorial candidate for mileage and back pay.
Boston Governor Mitt Romney, long-time illegal immigration hardliner, employed a landscaping company to tend his lawn. The company, Community Lawn Service With A Heart, tends to employ illegal immigrants from Guatemala. Romney professed to have been unaware of their practices. He fired the company a year later with the statement that he had just learned of their continued practices in hiring illegal immigrants. Romney’s presidential campaign was highly composed of his anti-illegal immigration views. The allegations against him turned into criticism and scorn from opposing presidential candidates.
During his 2006 gubernatorial campaign, Jim Gibbons was accused of hiring illegal immigrant Patricia Pastor Sandoval. He denied the claims, stating that Sandoval was merely a friend who helped out around the house in exchange for gifts. After an employee contract was found, it was clear she was indeed working for pay, and that the politician was fully aware of her illegal status. Gibbons’ wife Dawn then issued a police complaint against Sandoval. The complaint stated that Sandoval was attempting to blackmail the family with threats that she would go to the media with her story of undocumented employment. Dawn later dropped the case. Jim’s campaign announced that the story was created by Jim’s opponent in an effort to distract the public from the real issues of the electoral race.
Democrat Terry Goddard hired an illegal immigrant from Mexico to unplug Jan Brewer’s Teleprompter during a live debate. Brewer, who signed Arizona’s illegal immigration law, was a candidate for governor. The stunt was intended to make her seem ill-prepared for the debate. The illegal hired for the job was paid $10 , and later deported after being arrested by police.
Evidence points out that Whitman’s race will not be affected much. Despite her claims, Miss Santillan seems to have been well-paid. Most housekeepers make between minimum wage and $15 an hour. $23 is far in excess of this. There is no real proof that she was humiliated. Santillan will probably end up settling her case out of court for a small sum. The accusations that Whitman realized she was hiring an undocumented worker have been made against other gubernatorial candidates with no real effect. I personally do not see why it should differ in this particular case.