Advice on transporting your illegal-alien nanny

Last week, The Brooklyn Paper stirred a sleeper of an issue by reporting that most child care positions in tony, uber-liberal Park Slope were being filled with off-the-books employees, many of them — presumably — illegal aliens.

Today, Brooklyn’s Jewish Press (no Weblink to story) warns its readers of “the risk of traveling with an undocumented nanny on Pesach [Passover].”

Immigration attorney Michael J. Wildes says right at the top of his Jewish Press op-ed that while he doesn’t “condone the hiring of unauthoried workers,” he does understand “the difficulties of finding experienced childcare.”

Wiles cautions, however, that “even if you’re not planning on running for political office, there are potentially serious consequences for knowingly hiring undocumented workers.

“Your need for a clean house [will] not be a viable defense to a charge of knowingly transporting an illegal alien across state lines by plane or other conveyance. Further, your nanny or housekeeper will be subject to deportation if found to be working without proper documentation.”

Wiles continues:

Undocumented individuals should be wary as they pass through airports, bus terminals, train stations or other crowded areas were authorities may require documentation. …

If you do happen to employ an undocumented nanny or housekeeper, he or she should certainly not be part of your out-of-state vacation.

Some might question the propriety of a newspaper or an attorney advising people how to avoid detection of their illegalities. We’ve come to accept, however, that the attitude on this score is laxer in relation to some laws than with others. Each editor should deliberate before drawing a line.

Significantly, Wildes concludes:

I strongly support the contributions immigrants continue to make to our country, but until our system of immigration is reformed it is important to stay on the right side of the law.


2 responses to “Advice on transporting your illegal-alien nanny

  1. Carol Rogovin

    Isn’t there a larger problem here? What about domestic workers from all underclasses whose Social Security tax is never paid? That is a hidden problem that affects the retirement income of millions of cleaning ladies and other household help.

  2. Engr.Ekwe Jeffy


    My name is Engr.Ekwe Jeffy , I am writing in search for a trustworthy Male or female house keeper and a Female or Male Nanny/caregiver from your country to work with me in London in my home due to the death of my wife.I have a son by name Kerry Jeffy who is 4 years old and a daughter Rita Jeffy who is 6 years old, i need a caregiver to take care of them while i am away, and a house keeper to take care of my house and take my kids to school every morning.

    I will be paying you 3,500 Pounds monthly and a pocket money of 200 Pounds weekly to purchase your daily needs and your working hours will be from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm each day on weekdays.We have an apartment for you in our house and we will take the responsibility of your Feeding,accommodation,Medication,Visa and flight ticket.You will only pay for your working permit.

    Here are some data about myself

    Full Name:Engr.Ekwe Jeffy
    Address:45, Breakspears Road, London, SE4 1UL United Kingdom
    Age: 52 Years Old
    Occupation: offshore Engineer ( Sir Lewis Ent.)

    If you are interested, Kindly email me on: or call my Tel:+44-704-572-2309 for further directives on how to get your visa and other traveling documents.

    Engr.Ekwe Jeffy


    45, Breakspears Road,
    London, SE4 1UL United Kingdom

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