This week, California Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman had a “gran problema” arise from her past when her former housekeeper revealed that Whitman had employed her for several years, despite knowing she was undocumented. Whitman flatly denied the charge, saying she stopped employing Nicky Diaz Santillan as soon as she learned of her immigration status. But, Santillan’s lawyer produced a letter from the Social Security Administration stating Santillan’s name didn’t match her Social Security number, which included a handwritten note from Whitman’s husband, suggesting the family knew of Santillan’s status.
As ThinkProress has noted, Whitman has taken a harsh stance on immigration. So has her fellow ex-CEO and GOP nominee Carly Fiorina, who is running for Senate in California. In a local TV interview earlier this year, Fiorina said she “absolutely” supports sending people to prison for knowingly employ undocumented immigrants:
ANCHOR: There was one viewer who asked the question, ‘Would you imprison employers who knowingly hired illegal immigrants?’
FIORINA: Well, sure. If an employer is knowingly breaking the law, of course, they need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Absolutely.
Would Fiorina be willing to apply her standard to Whitman, or at least her husband?
Hardcore anti-immigrant group Americans for Legal Immigration is demanding Whitman’s arrest. The group’s president William Gheen said Whitman should stand trial, saying, “To accept her mere claim of innocence without a trial would be similar to advocating that OJ Simpson not be charged with murder because he came out and told the press he did not do it after evidence suggested he did.”