Lorraine Henderson knows federal law on immigration because she worked for the Department of Homeland Security and was responsible for preventing the entry of illegal aliens into the United States through ports of entry in three New England States. Now, she is accused of violating the law by hiring an illegal alien to work in her home.
Henderson, the Boston Area Port Director for Customs and Border Protection, faces a charge of encouraging an illegal alien to reside in the United States knowing, and in reckless disregard of the fact, that such residence was in violation of law.
She has been the Boston Area Port Director since 2003 and is responsible for overseeing all of the international ports of entry in Massachusetts , Connecticut , and Rhode Island . She is responsible for more than 200 Customs and Border Protection employees, including approximately 190 armed and uniformed Border Protection Officers.
“The officers of the Department of Homeland Security are charged with protecting our nation from illegal contraband, including narcotics, and with making critical decisions about the admission or exclusion of foreign nationals at our ports," said U.S. Attorney Sullivan. “For any member of Customs and Border Protection to allegedly compromise their authority, and the security of our international ports of entry – violating the same immigration laws that they are charged with upholding – is unconscionable.”
Federal prosecutors allege that Henderson employed three illegal aliens in her home while she was the Boston Area Port Director. The prosecutors also claim that Henderson ignored the warning of another Customs and Border Protection Officer that one of her employees was unlawfully in the United States and that she shouldn't continue to employ her.
One of the illegal aliens agreed to cooperate with investigators. Prosecutors allege that they have a recording of Henderson explaining to the illegal alien how to avoid deportation. They released a transcript of the alleged conversation:
“You have to be careful ‘cause they will deport you. Be careful. If you leave they won't let you back . . . you can't leave, don't leave . . . ‘cause once you leave you will never be back."
As the Boston Area Port Director, Henderson was responsible for the inspection and admission of foreign nationals who seek entry into the United States . She was responsible for preventing the entry of illegal aliens into the United States through the Boston Area ports of entry, and was authorized to grant or deny waivers to illegal aliens seeking entry into the United States based on applicable federal immigration law.
If convicted, Henderson faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
Source: Justice Department