Border Chief Didn't Follow Hiring Law

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    Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Alan Bersin of the Office of International Affairs testifies during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill July 9, 2009 in Washington, DC. The hearing was to focus on the rising of drug cartels in Mexico and the endangerment to the U.S. national security. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    The head of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is being criticized for not following hiring law.

    Commissioner Alan Bersin says he didn't know that he's required to fill out a form saying he verified that his household employees were eligible to work in the U.S.

    Bersin has employed 10 household employees since 1993 and failed to complete I-9 forms for all of them.

    He says he checked Social Security Cards and driver licenses but didn't complete the form saying that he did so.

    Members of the Senate Finance Committee were surprised by that, given Bersin was a U.S. attorney and that Bersin's wife is a Superior Court Judge.

    The I-9 form is issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which shares immigration enforcement responsibilities with CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Bersin was formerly the superintendent of San Diego City Schools. President Barack Obama named Bersin commissioner through 2011 during a congressional recess. He must be confirmed by the Senate to serve longer.