Even by the lofty standards of the prospective Trump cabinet, with its bevy of billionaires and tycoons, Commerce Secretary pick Wilbur Ross entered the public sphere with an impressively broad range of potential conflicts of interest. In preparation for his confirmation hearing Wednesday, the private-equity veteran unburdened himself of at least 80 holdings and stepped down from dozens board positions at various companies. But there was still one t left to cross, and it struck close to home. Huffington Post reports:
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for commerce secretary admitted at his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that he recently fired a household employee who could not provide proof that they could legally work in the country.
When your future boss has promised to deport 11 million people and create jobs for true Americans, it's best that you don't employ any undocumented people in your home. But in Ross's telling, his oversight was the sort anyone who employs a dozen maids and butlers could have made.
Ross told the Senate Commerce Committee that when he hired the worker in 2009, the person provided what looked like a valid driver’s license and Social Security card. After Ross was nominated by Trump, he asked all his household staff to provide such documentation again.
“When I was getting ready for this hearing I wanted to recheck all our present and former employees,” Ross said, adding that all but one of about a dozen workers provided the right documentation. “This one employee was unable to and therefore was terminated,” Ross said.
Similar revelations over undocumented employees have sunk cabinet nominees to the Bush and Clinton administrations. But there's still an upside to the termination: It opens one more job for all the hardworking Americans out there.