Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I Can't Make This Stuff Up

Governmental officials. You can’t really make up stories about them that are as funny as real life! You just can’t. They seem to do the dumbest things...and they really do seem to think they can get away with it! It almost seems to be their entitlement.

Take this story for example. A top Homeland Security official in Boston was accused last week of repeatedly hiring illegal immigrants to clean her home, even warning one not to leave the country “cause once you leave, you will never be back.”

Lorraine Henderson, the regional director of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, was arrested last Friday at her home in Salem. She later was ordered released on $25,000 unsecured bond during her initial appearance in federal court on a charge of harboring an illegal alien. If convicted, Henderson faces up to 10 years in prison. She declined comment at her court appearance.

As part of her duties as Boston Area Port Director, Henderson was responsible for stopping illegal immigrants from entering the country through all air and sea international ports in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. She also commanded 190 armed and uniformed border protection officers.

According to an eight-page affidavit, Henderson employed a Brazilian housekeeper who was an illegal immigrant for several years, paying her between $75 and $80 per visit, less than a legal cleaning service costs. She also allegedly hired two other illegal immigrants when the woman took a break to have a baby, even after a fellow agent warned her what she was doing was against the law.

Despite repeated warnings, Ms. Henderson continued to use this housekeeper and other illegal aliens over the course of the last three or four years.

Okay, this story really is sad, isn’t it? The person in charge of protecting our borders and nation refused to follow the rules that the rest of us must live by.

At the least, this woman should be fired. At the best, serious jail time ought to be involved here. Or, at least that’s my opinion.

What do you think?


  1. And we wonder why...never mind. I agree with you Steve. This is incredulous. But then again we see double standards all the time...pastors, parents, church leaders...sad state of affairs.

  2. My first thought was "no one is above the law." But then I had a flash of the life of David - multiple opportunities - red flags waving frantically - to change her behavior and she chose to continue breaking the law. But too often, people nowadays think "it won't happen to me, only the other people will get caught."

    The question - will she be sorry because she got caught, or for breaking the law she was sworn to uphold?

  3. I agree with Bill and Will.

    The double standard thing is what scares me most about being a pastor; I don't want to feel like I am above anyone or any law.

  4. Spend the extra 30 bucks and stay out of trouble. They do say that "you get what you pay for". Guess that holds some weight now doesn't it?



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