Ruben Navarrette Jr. - Don't Ask and Don't Tell When It Comes to Immigration
"It's awkward to ask a housekeeper, nanny or gardener if he or she is in the country legally. Even more so if the person is employed by a third party -- i.e., a home builder or landscaping company -- that provides a product or service to you. I know. I've asked. It's not fun. It feels rude," says columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. "What's most disturbing about the common practice of individuals using contractors and other third parties to obtain domestic labor is that it provides plausible deniability when the hiring of illegal immigrants comes to light."