Gloria Allred is doing more to drive illegal immigrants underground and to target Latinos for racial profiling than anything the State of Arizona has even thought of doing.
Allred dropped a late-September surprise on Meg Whitman based on the allegation that Whitman did not do enough to verify the status of her Latino housekeeper. Whitman, by all accounts, obtained the usual required documentation when she hired the housekeeper.
The thrust of Allred’s attack is that after Whitman or her husband received a letter from the IRS alerting them to a possible discrepancy in the housekeeper’s social security number, Whitman did not do enough to follow up. Instead, according to Allred, Whitman’s husband gave the letter to the housekeeper and left it to the housekeeper to clear it up. (Note: This is Allred’s account, it is not yet clear that this account will be verified.)
Allred may be right that the employer (in this case Whitman and her husband) should not have left it up to the housekeeper to clear up the problem, and should have been more suspicious. Had Whitman or her husband followed up, the housekeeper would have been fired several years ago.
Call Allred a strict constructionist when it comes to the immigration laws, just like the people who are excoriated by the left as racists for seeking enforcement of federal immigration laws.
The message Allred is sending is that if you are going to hire an immigrant, not only must you dot every federal immigration law “i” and cross every federal immigration law “t”, you also must not trust the immigrant if a problem arises. At least not if you want to run for public office.
So why isn’t the left excoriating Allred? Why isn’t Allred being called the most vile names usually reserved for Tea Party supporters or Republicans?
Because this time political correctness and the use of the race card would not help to defeat a Republican running for Governor of California.
Update: Allahpundit has a good explanation of why Allred’s allegation about the social security discrepancy does not amount to much.
The other interesting aspect, quite apart from politics, is Allred’s willingness to expose her client to legal harm even though the client does not have any meaningful legal claim. This is not a case where Allred’s client is a crime victim who comes forward to the police. There does not appear to be a violation of any law by Whitman, but there does appear to be both immigration and possibly criminal violations by Allred’s client, who filed false documents with the government. By going public as she has, Allred has exposed her client to significant legal jeopardy in order to score publicity and political points for Allred.
Update 10-1-2010: Mark Levin has a must listen-to interview with Allred. Allred refused to answer whether her client forged social security documents. Levin makes a point similar to mine about Allred exposing her client to legal jeopardy. At 13:00 of the audio, Allred dances around and evades answering the question of whether she has been in touch with any intermediaries from the Brown campaign.
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