Politics & Government

Whitman's housekeeper is hot topic for conservative TV hosts

Nicky Diaz Santillan has become a topic de jour on conservative talk TV and radio, with prominent figures grilling Obama Administration officials about what they will do about Republican candidate Meg Whitman's undocumented former maid who used false documents to get hired.

"This is the highest profile ilegal alien situation we have had here in this country for years. Everybody is locked in on this woman," Fox TV talk-show host Bill O'Reilly demanded to know Wednesday night during a broadcast interview with Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

"We don't have a decision made right now that I can tell you," Napolitano said. "But I can tell you that our efforts over the past 19 months have resulted in more people being deported who've used bogus social security numbers, who have criminal records, who have committed crimes, than any other period in our nation's history."

"Can you assure my viewers," O'Reilly pressed again, "and millions of people watching all over the world, can you assure them that the federal government will do something about this Nicky situation?"

Napolitano said officials "will look at this very seriously."

Greta Van Susteren, another Fox TV host, asked John Morton, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director, much the same thing.

"Oftentimes prosecutors take cases to send messages to everybody else out there who might be doing this," she said, referring to the use of false work documents. "What are you going to do about her?"

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