CA GOP hired an illegal immigrant

Will the conservative Neanderthals at the California GOP never learn? The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that, “The Canadian political operative hired by the California Republican Party on a coveted H-1B visa to do campaign consulting has been fired after it was revealed he was apparently working in violation of immigration law.”

Busted! So the party that hates immigrants hired an illegal immigrant? Priceless. The CA GOP is floundering in a toilet of its own making.

Here are a few more excerpts from the Chronicle’s article:

The dismissal, announced this week, came after The Chronicle reported last month that Christopher Matthews apparently violated federal immigration law when he also earned money from a second employer.

Matthews, a Canadian citizen, was hired last year as deputy political director for the California Republican Party, with responsibility for handling campaign operations and information technology for the country’s largest state GOP operation, U.S. Department of Labor records showed.

Matthews “no longer works for the California Republican Party,” state party spokesman Hector Barajas confirmed Thursday.

But Federal Election Commission records show that Matthews also had earned nearly $6,000 this year working for a different employer – the San Diego Republican Party.

Ron Nehring, the state GOP chairman, is a San Diego resident who was the former head of the San Diego Republican Party.

Jonathan Buettner, spokesman for the San Diego GOP, said Matthews was a legal employee under a TN visa – a renewable one-year special visa for Canadian and Mexican professional workers created under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, however, said immigration law prohibits such dual visa arrangements.

“Would they have done that if his name was Mario Lopez?” asked one GOP official who was in on the discussions, speaking on condition of anonymity.

At the state GOP convention in San Francisco last month, the party’s platform committee rejected a plank that would have supported an increase in H1-B visas.

Matthews was hired for his job by Michael Kamburowski, an Australian citizen who in 2007 was named the state GOP’s chief operations officer. Kamburowski resigned the $130,000-a-year post after The Chronicle reported last year that he had sued federal officials who jailed him in 2004 for alleged visa violations and attempted to deport him.

The Chronicle reported this week that federal court records also show that Kamburowski had no valid visa or work permit – and no legal right to stay in the United States – during the five years he worked as a high-profile lobbyist for prominent conservative Grover Norquist, a longtime adviser to President Bush and other GOP leaders.

Pretty funny that the CA GOP uses a Latino spokes-hole. Particularly when you consider that Jon Fleischman, the CA GOP Vice Chair South, blasted immigrants at the recent CA GOP convention in San Francisco.

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