Hiring an illegal immigrant is as illegal in Ca as it is in Iowa.It shouldn't matter if it's more accepted in Ca-it's still illegal. It's also wrong to take advantage of hiring an illegal immigrant.As far as paying her $23 /hr I'm sure the maid was doing more than cleaning her house. She was probably the nanny,cook, gardner and everything else.I hope Mrs Whitman wasn't trying to save a couple of dollars because it may cost her in the long run.Do u really think she employed someone for almost a decade and it didn't know that person's status? She's demonstrated she's a savvy successful business woman. It's hard to believe she wouls miss that.I agree no one can escape being human but she is running for office and she knows that her dirty laundy will be aired.If she can create jobs and improve CA's economy then she should still be considered,I agree.