Political Correction

Anti-Immigrant Group Wants Meg Whitman Arrested

September 30, 2010 3:28 pm ET - by Walid Zafar

ALIPAC, an anti-immigrant group based in North Carolina, is calling for the arrest of California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.  In recent days, Whitman has come under fire for hiring a housekeeper working in the country illegally.  The maid alleges that Whitman knew of her immigration status, mistreated her, and fired her when she came to the former eBay executive looking for help in becoming a naturalized citizen.  In a press release, ALIPAC wrote:

In response to the explosive revelations that California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman employed illegal alien Nicky Diaz for nine years, ALIPAC is asking Immigration and Customs Enforcement to arrest and charge both Whitman and Diaz for numerous immigration and employment law violations.

"We need equal justice for both the illegal alien and the employer," said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC. "Nicky Diaz should be charged and deported and Meg Whitman should face the existing penalties under current US law as well. No Amnesty for Whitman or Diaz, the Rule of Law must be restored in America."

Details of the story are still murky, with Whitman's camp calling the allegations a "political gimmick."  She told Fox's Neil Cavuto that she hired the woman through a hiring agency, believed the woman had the legal documents to work in the United States and summarily fired her when it was discovered that she was in the country illegally.

What's ironic about ALIPAC's position, though, is that Whitman is a strong ally to the group's cause. During the Republican primary, Whitman made immigrant-bashing a big part of her platform.  While she's made some progress in reaching out to Latino voters during the general election, she's also strongly come out against a path towards citizenship.  Whitman also came out against an Arizona-style immigration law in California but has said, "I would let the law stand for Arizona."

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