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Posted on 05/15/2010 8:04:51 AM PDT by AuntBEdited on 05/15/2010 8:05:32 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan D. Bersin said Thursday he didn't know he's required by law to file paperwork verifying that his household employees were authorized to work in the United States.
Bersin told senators that he and his wife tracked the immigration status of a nanny, house cleaners and babysitters "on a piece of paper that was on file in our home."
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Ah...nothing like compliant, ignorant, non english speaking household employees for these bureaucrats, especially those who have something to hide. If they complain, they get deported.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan D. Bersin said Thursday he didn’t know he’s required by law to file paperwork verifying that his household employees were authorized to work in the United States.
This is scary!!!!!
It’s not as if he didn’t file his taxes...
It is obvious that the 0haha people believe that every elite left winger should have several illegal serfs working for them. Of course this was rampant among many of the Clintoon picks for cabinet positions and other key positions.
Oh, absolutely, darlin. That's exactly what I do, myself.
Article forwarded by our NAFBPO friends with this note:
” Gee, really? So the man responsible to see those specific laws enforced doesn’t even know them, although he was a U.S. Attorney. And when you connect him to Holder who didn’t read Arizona’s law, what a dynamic duo! Oops, sorry, got carried away. It just is mind-boggling the amount of BS Washington keeps shoveling out to us, expecting us to quietly acquiesce and let it continue. “
Ya think maybe the liberals (the ones who are able to think independently, anyway, if such an animal exists, lol) are beginning to realize that uhbama and his swarmy cabal are, well, kinda stupid, unprepared and totally CLUELESS?
Bersin needs a refresher course in the law. Maybe Zoe Baird can give him a few pointers.
” Bersin told senators that he and his wife tracked the immigration status of a nanny, house cleaners and babysitters “on a piece of paper that was on file in our home.”
Oh, absolutely, darlin. That’s exactly what I do, myself. “
Mind boggling, isn’t it??
They expect us to believe this. Surely nobody's that stupid, though.
“According to a memo by the Senate Finance Committee, Bersin has employed 10 household employees since 1993 and failed to complete I-9 forms for all of them. The I-9 form is issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which shares immigration enforcement responsibilities with CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The Finance Committee considered Bersin’s nomination Thursday, but Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) told Bersin that his failure to file the paperwork was “unacceptable.
Bersin previously served as Obama’s U.S.-Mexico border czar, advising Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on border security matters. The former California education secretary, San Diego schools superintendent and private-practice lawyer also served as a U.S. attorney during the Clinton administration. He maintains the full support of the White House. “
Let me guess, he misplaced the paper.
Didn’t the family of Bersin’s wife make their millions from their LA sweetshops and the illegals they employed?
-Barack Hussein Obama
“Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan D. Bersin said Thursday he didn’t know he’s required by law to file paperwork verifying that his household employees were authorized to work in the United States.”
I keep thinking there will be at least ONE morning we won’t be assaulted in yet another new wave by this the Clown Prince of Kenya and his latest corrupt clown posse in DC...
“Circumventing the Senate, President Obama appointed Goldstein to the position during Easter 2010 recess; he can serve through 2011.”
Bersin has given more than $50,000 to political campaigns since 1999, almost all of it to Democrats. He donated nearly $40,000 during the 2008 election cycle: the maximum possible to both Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama; $28,500 to the DNC and less than $1,000 to the Democratic Party in Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, Indiana, Colorado and Wisconsin.Center for Responsive Politics (26)Center for Responsive Politics
he needs the refresher from the inside
Nothing to see here folks. Everyone knows rules are for the little people...
Actually, I think this is common and inconsequential if he checked their papers and social security nos and paid their FICA and unemployment insurance. That’s a great deal more than most homeowners do with regard to household workers. I doubt anyone even reads these forms for household employees anyway.
Aim your kicks higher than the ankles ..pls.
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Illegal Aliens Induce a Boycott of Arizona
Sonora Businessmen and organizations in Sonora and Tamaulipas invoked a boycott of Arizona in support of their countrymen residing in Arizona and called for A Day Without Mexicans. The director of the Camara Nacional de Comercio, (Mexican National Chamber of Commerce), Gustavo Claussen, said that the boycott will be coordinated at the national level. He said that A Day Without Mexicans will be the official name of the boycott and will be a means of rejecting the application of Arizonas SB-1070 which criminalizes the undocumented. Claussen clarified that this will be the means to modify or repeal the law. The states of Sonora and Arizona share around 560 kilometers of border and have supported one another with cultural and commercial interaction for more than 50 years. We dont want to exaggerate, but we will not set one foot into Arizona and we want to demonstrate our firm position that we disagree with this law, stated Claussen.
The President of the Chamber in Reynosa, Ramiro Cienfuegos, stated that all of the members of the Chamber are in agreement and will stand in solidarity with the boycott because their countrymen are victims of discrimination and persecution in the state of Arizona, and should not be punished for only wanting to work. We urge our citizens this Thursday not to buy anything in the stores in the United States and to not buy anything made by the Gringos exported into this country, said Cienfuegos.
It is significant that 30% of the sales in Arizona are to Mexicans.
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[One readers comment: What barbarity now they have to think about repealing the law so they can visit Queretaro.]
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The United States will give up its drugs?
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Meanwhile drugs continue to be illegal, and if the demand doesnt drop, the continuing crime results in miles of dead bodies. Not only Mexico, but Colombia and the United States itself, for the past 30 years, have accomplished nothing in The War on Drugs.
Since the time President Nixon declared this fateful war, we have spent millions for police programs, arms, armored vehicles, customs regulations and other programs all aimed toward reducing the demand for drugs. The Results? Failure to reduce drug consumption and the exponential increase in violence.
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The plan of the Obama Administration basically is to reduce drug consumption by 15% among young people within the next 5 years, and to reduce overall consumption and drug deaths. This is the action recommended by experts. Very well. If this doesnt work, he doesnt have any option left but to look toward legalization of drugs. This is not foolishness, but the natural course that the public officials have when they analyze it in terms of efficiency.
-end of report-
sure, he’s totally ignorant of those laws
You are correct.
And you don’t ‘file’ an I-9 with anyone except yourself. You fill it out, you sign it, and the employee signs it, and you keep it. If the government asks to see it, you send them a copy.
“Didnt the family of Bersins wife make their millions from their LA sweetshops and the illegals they employed?”
I’m behind on the facts about this guy. Do you have that info?
Probably... Although his wife is now a Superior Court Judge.
Alan Bersin is being bandied for a possible challenge to City Attorney Mike Aguirre's reelection bid, many eyes are turning to his personal financial statement, on file with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, where he is chairman of the board. Married to superior court judge Lisa Foster, daughter of the late downtown property magnate and garment industry executive Stan Foster, Bersin lists an impressive inventory of real estate assets, many of which could raise conflict-of-interest issues should he manage to beat Aguirre.
“Alan D. Bersin said Thursday he didnt know hes required by law to file paperwork”
If this is acceptible, then illegals could use the exact same excuse.
He in charge of customs, this excuse is insulting
Agree, its right up there with Geithner’s tax evasion. Republicans would be skewered for something like this. No excuses would be tolerated.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan D. Bersin said Thursday he didn't know he's required by law to file paperwork verifying that his household employees were authorized to work in the United States. Bersin told senators that he and his wife tracked the immigration status of a nanny, house cleaners and babysitters "on a piece of paper that was on file in our home."I feel safer all of a sudden. Thanks AuntB.
Alan Bersin has taken an interesting road to the border. But the saga begins long before he was born, with the great grandfather of his wife, Lisa Foster.
.....Isaac Ratner, a cap maker from New York... came to San Diego... in 1921, ...and established United Cap Works. San Diego was close to the border and filled with sunshine, cheap labor, and Navy contracts.
...Sons Abe and Nate joined him in the business...
...Abes daughter Pauline met Stanley Foster ...They married in 1954 ....where Stan worked his way up the ladder at Ratner Clothing....Stan Foster succeeded 64-year-old Abe Ratner as president
The Ratner company was a creature of the border. It built a 310,000-square-foot factory in Chula Vista, an easy commute from Tijuana for many of its workers. It also owned the Arizona Slack Co., which operated a plant just across the state border in Yuma, employing hundreds of Hispanic workers, and owned a warehouse in El Paso, Texas, opposite the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez.
At its peak in the mid-1970s, Ratner Manufacturing, as the company came to be known, was said by San Diego Magazine to be the fifth-largest menswear maker in the country, employing 2500 people, with sales of $57 million.
In 1991,... Bersin met and married... Lisa Foster, a daughter of Stan and Pauline Foster...
Oops... That’s the same article you cited. The reporter did a great job on the family history.
Typical of this admin. Everyone's a piker, a crook or a scumbag.
This high powered lawyer didn’t know about an I9 form?
You mean he handled the payroll, workers comp, W4s, EIN, payroll, state agencies reporting, etc.... and never came across an I9?
Are we to believe that this guy thought that every person’s “right to work” status was so unimportant to the federal govt that they would forego official forms and paperwork? And that he just happened to “note” each employee’s status every year?
Read post 22.
In his position he should have known but this is peanuts. The I9 form is significant for large employers . For those hiring one or more part time or full time household employees, the filing out of this form and maintaining it seems et another piece of stupid make work.
The federal government mails INSTRUCTIONS to employers every year. So, he is either paying her cash and/or not filing the proper payroll reports.
The IRCA includes penalties for I-9 noncompliance. According to the I-9 form, An employer who hires an unauthorized worker can be fined between $250 and $5,500 per worker. In addition, such an employer can be barred from federal government contracts for a year.
An employer who fails to keep proper records that I-9s are properly filed can be fined $110 per missing item for each form, up to $1100 per form, even if the employee is legally authorized to work in the US.
The Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 is a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services form. It is used by an employer to verify an employee’s identity and to establish that the worker is eligible to accept employment in the United States.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) required employers to verify that all newly-hired employees present “facially valid” documentation verifying the employee’s identity and his or her legal authorization to accept employment in the United States. The I-9 form or more properly the Employment Eligibility Verification Form is provided by the federal government for that purpose. Every employee hired after November 6, 1986 must complete an I-9 form at the time of hire. Employees must complete Section 1 of the form at the actual beginning of employment. The employer must complete Section 2 within three days of starting work. The employer is responsible for ensuring that the forms are completed properly, and in a timely manner.
Employment Eligibility Verification
Purpose of Form :
All U.S. employers must complete and retain a Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens. On the form, the employer must examine the employment eligibility and identity document(s) an employee presents to determine whether the document(s) reasonably appear to be genuine and relate to the individual and record the document information on the Form I-9. The list of acceptable documents can be found on the last page of the form.
And how many employers of household employees follow this? And how many ever faced prosecution?
It’s one of the many ridiculous things that are imposed upon householders for no apparent reason.
I won’t argue the merits of its worthiness. I agree.
I’ll just say that something smells for this reason: He didn’t know about the form when he hired these people, but he intuitively gathered the right information anyway. He’s just that smart I guess.
In my state, TN, he would have had to register each employee with the state labor dept as well as the state’s “new hire” agency. Just more simple forms.
If he was clueless about an I9... wonder what else he didn’t do?
Bersin, “Yes I have their names right here. The maids were Martha Washingtonzalez and Abigail Adamsosa. The handyman was Ulysses S. Grantirez. They showed me their Social Security Cards.”
You do realize that technically one must prepare these even for your next door neighbor’s kid who occasionally babysits for you?
At most, people may do this for full time employees esp in large households which employ more than one fulltime employee but certainly not for part timers .
As Commissioner, Mr. Bersin oversees the operations of CBPs 57,000-employee work force and manages an operating budget of more than $11 billion. Bersin formerly served as the Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Special Representative for Border Affairs, informally known as the “Border Czar.”
Mr. Bersin is a former Secretary of Education for California, as well as a former superintendent of San Diego City Schools, past federal Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) and United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, and former Attorney Generals Southwest Border Representative. He previously served as the chair of the executive committee of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
Throughout his career, Bersin has found himself in unfamiliar positions: as a prosecutor when he had little experience with criminal law, as a superintendent when he had little experience with education, and as head of the San Diego airport when he had little experience with aviation.
Bersin, who is fluent in Spanish, will be charged with fighting illegal immigration into the U.S. and will play a crucial role in controlling the escalation of violence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Circumventing the Senate, President Obama appointed Goldstein to the position during Easter 2010 recess; he can serve through 2011.
In 1993, Bersin was recommended by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and nominated by President Clinton as U.S. attorney for San Diego despite the fact that he had no prosecutorial experience and virtually no criminal-law background.
Bersin has always known some of the right people. He attended Harvard University at the same time as Vice President Al Gore, and met President Bill Clinton at Oxford University, where they were both Rhodes scholars. He then went to Yale Law School with Clinton and met Hillary Rodham Clinton. He played football at Harvard with movie actor and Gore roommate Tommy Lee Jones. His wife, Lisa Foster, is prominent in San Diego social and political circles.
Bersin knew Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano because they were both federal prosecutors in the Clinton administration along the U.S.-Mexico border.
But it is money from relatives of Bersins wife, Lisa Foster, a superior court judge, that may raise eyebrows. Her mother, wealthy Rancho Santa Fe widow Pauline Foster, gave $2100 to Obama for America. And Richard Silberman, father of Jeff Silberman, who is married to Lisas sister Karen, gave a total of $3300 to the Obama campaign in March and August.
The Fosters personal fortune had expanded dramatically, due in major part to their interests in real estate tied to the border. In a 1991 interview with San Diego Executive Magazine, Foster said he acquired his first parcel in Chula Vista, a tomato field, in 1962, and never stopped buying.
Companies that take space in buildings such as Fosters are drawn to the area for obvious reasons, the magazine said, including border access for businesses with Mexican ties and low-cost labor in the South Bay and nearby Mexico.
The Fosters, their future son-in-law Alan Bersin would be given great opportunity through marriage. Like Foster, he would also prosper in the realm of the border.
In 1991, while still in L.A., Bersin met and married second wife Lisa Foster, a daughter of Stan and Pauline Foster, owners of a large local garment factory and acres of South Bay real estate, with longstanding ties to the Democratic Party and connections along the Mexican border.
In 1992, as Bill Clinton ramped up his campaign for the presidency, Alan Bersin and Lisa Foster left their home in Los Angeles and moved to San Diego. Bersin took a sabbatical from Munger Tolles, ostensibly to manage the local Clinton campaign and teach law part-time at the University of San Diego, a Catholic school financially supported by many of the citys wealthy Democrats, including the Foster family. To many, it appeared Bersin was being groomed for power.
Critics said Bersin was spending too much time schmoozing with members of the tightly knit Tijuana business establishment and friends of his father-in-law and not enough looking into money-laundering schemes used by the drug cartels. He called for easier border crossings for business people and trade and was a regular draw at banquets and business tributes on both sides of the border.
Though not widely known to the public, Bersin had a personal financial stake in border real estate held with his father-in-law and other family members. According to an agreement recorded October 2, 1996, Bersin, his wife Lisa, along with Stan and Pauline Foster and Marliskar, a family-related partnership, had formed Otay Terminal, a general partnership.
A disclosure Bersin filed with the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., showed that Otay Terminal owned four properties, including a trucking facility at 6930 Cactus Court on San Diegos Otay Mesa, less than 2000 feet from the border with Mexico.
A trust controlled by Foster and his wife Pauline purchased the land on January 14, 1992, for $880,500, according to county records. Foster built a truck terminal and offices on the parcel, finishing the project on July 20, 1992, a notice of completion says. On January 14, 2003, the partnership sold the property for $3.5 million.
Though the Foster family partnership sold the truck terminal in 2003, Bersin and his wife have since acquired major financial stakes in other border-related ventures. A financial disclosure statement Bersin filed with the State of California in March 2006 revealed that he held between $10,000 and $100,000 of stock in SafeMex/International Gateway. He reported the same interest in a similar disclosure made May 9, 2009, with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
According to its website, SafeMex sells insurance and emergency travel-assistance plans to foreigners going to Mexico.
Much, much more here...
Whatever law we are talking about and the merits of the law aside, should a Commissioner of a government agency enforcing that law against other Americans be expected to FULLY comply with that law?
Then you can add to this that Bersin's a lawyer and his wife is a judge - whose family has made their millions from employing non-citizens in their border sweatshop empire.
Alan D. Bersin
In February 2009, Bersin was named co-chairman of a new binational task force, sponsored by the Mexico Citybased Mexican Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy, based in Los Angeles.
Though Bersins investment in Silicon Border did not make the papers in the United States, Mexico Citys Reforma newspaper reported in October 2007 that Bersin and Malin Burnham, identified by the paper as U.S. investors in Silicon Border, had discussed the project with Mexican economic secretary Eduardo Sojo and representatives of Fernando Maiz, the wealthy head of Maiz Edifications, a large Mexican construction conglomerate based in Monterrey.
In November 2007, Silicon Border announced that Maizs company would become the developments preferred contractor to design and manage the physical attributes of the Silicon Border Science Park, said to be worth over $150 million. He was subsequently listed as a member of the projects advisory board, alongside Elorduy and Burnham.
Again, can’t argue that it actually does any good.
I will argue that he no excuses for not doing it though.
When I saw Holder say he hadn’t even bothered to read the law, it told me he had, but he couldn’t find anything wrong with it. And evidently his staff couldn’t either.
Believe me, they’ve been pouring over this thing since it passed. Damned liars is what they are.
Now, you know some are.
For the rest of us? I can't be civil with those who are rude to me, and insulting my intelligence is rude.
This is no different than expecting your Treasury Secretary (and former head of the NY Fed) to file his f$#@ing taxes correctly!
Be as stupid as you want to be, but don't insult my intelligence!
I don't care!
If it's not a big deal, repeal the f#@$ing requirement!
If you don't repeal it, enforce it! This selective enforcement of law is insane and unacceptable! It's what got us to where we are, up to our keisters in illegals.
This is one of the guys who is responsible for enforcing the law!
Again, be as stupid as you want to be, but don't expect the rest of us to follow you there.