President Trump has not had an easy time getting his appointees confirmed. From Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education to Jeff Sessions at Attorney General, Democrats have worked diligently to slow down the process of confirming these appointees as a sign of disapproval. The latest drama coming from a Trump appointee is the revelation from Department of Labor Secretary Andrew Puzder that he and his wife once employed an undocumented housekeeper.
Andrew Puzder (center) claims that he and his wife unknowingly hired an undocumented housekeeper. He’s not the first appointee with the same revelation.
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According to the Huffington Post, Puzder’s undocumented employee is just one more scandal in a growing list of questionable activities, one of which is the accusation of domestic abuse by Puzder’s ex-wife. Though the hiring of an undocumented immigrant is counter to the promise of job growth for Americans by the Trump administration, Puzder claims the hiring was an honest mistake. According to the Huffington Post, Puzder was unaware that his housekeeper was undocumented and the moment he realized her status, he immediately started to work to rectify the situation.
“My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the U.S.,” wrote Puzder in a statement released by his spokesperson. “When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status. We have fully paid back taxes to the IRS and the State of California and submitted all required paperwork.”
Puzder is not the first presidential nominee to face questions about hiring undocumented employees. According to Newsweek, Bill Clinton had two attorney general nominees who withdrew their nominations after it was revealed that they had hired undocumented nannies. George W. Bush had a similar problem when his Secretary of Labor nominee, Linda Chavez, was found to have hired an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant who lived with her for two years and received cash for cleaning and other housework, according to The New York Times.
Puzder’s confirmation hearing keeps getting delayed, so it is unclear when and if he will be confirmed.