eMeg Harsh has a problem. And what is ironic about her problem is that an undocumented immigrant, her own housekeeper, may prove to be her undoing. One can only hope.
In the L.A. Times today, there is a good editorial that points out that this is less about whether or not she employed Diaz Santillan for nine years, and more about her subsequent gyrations.
The conclusion? She’s a hypocrite:
To court the Latino vote, she trumpets her opposition to Proposition 187, a 1994 law that would have prohibited illegal immigrants from accessing most public services, but when called on to take a moral stand on it 16 years ago, she didn’t vote. She supports the now infamous SB 1070 in Arizona — but only for Arizona.
This is political expediency, not leadership. If Diaz Santillan deserves to stay in the country, does that mean other illegal immigrants do too? Should it depend on how well they know Whitman personally? That the one illegal immigrant Whitman cares about is worthy of exceptional treatment, but the millions of others who are beloved by their extended and actual families are not, not only illustrates her disturbing tendency to avoid tough policy stands, but makes her a bit of a hypocrite.