Illegal immigrant worked 5 years in Huffington home

October 27, 1994|By Los Angeles Times

California Republican candidate Michael Huffington, whose tough stand against illegal immigration is a cornerstone of his Senate campaign, employed a woman at his Santa Barbara home for about five years who was in the United States illegally, his campaign acknowledged yesterday.

The woman's job ended last year, shortly after Mr. Huffington was sworn into office as a freshman congressman and several months before he announced his bid to challenge Sen. Dianne Feinstein, sources told the Los Angeles Times. The woman had cared for the Huffingtons' two daughters -- now ages 3 and 5 -- since they were born.

Mr. Huffington was not immediately available for comment.

Earlier in the day, after a campaign event in San Diego where he spoke about his support for Proposition 187 -- the anti-illegal immigration measure on the November ballot -- Mr. Huffington was asked if he had ever employed an illegal immigrant at his home, which is a violation of federal law. He told the San Diego newspaper reporter that he did not know of any problem.

Last night, however, Mr. Huffington's campaign issued a one-sentence response acknowledging that the employee had worked at the home illegally.

Marc Thiessen, spokesman for the Huffington campaign, accused Ms. Feinstein of the same violation, but offered no proof.

Ms. Feinstein's campaign manager, Kam Kuwata, denied the allegation. "That charge is an outright lie."

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