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Reid Aide Caught In Green Card Marriage

From Fox News:

Aide to Harry Reid Lied to Feds, Submitted False Documents About Sham Marriage

By Jana Winter
Published October 25, 2010 | FoxNews.com

An aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repeatedly lied to federal immigration and FBI agents and submitted false federal documents to the Department of Homeland Security to cover up her illegal seven-year marriage to a Lebanese national who was the subject of an Oklahoma City Joint Terror Task Force investigation, FoxNews.com has learned.

Diana Tejada, Reid’s Hispanic Press Secretary, admitted to receiving payment for “some of her expenses” in exchange for fraudulently marrying Bassam Mahmoud Tarhini in 2003, strictly so he could obtain permanent U.S. residency, according to court documents.

Tarhini, now 37, was held in jail and at an immigration detention center in connection with his 2009 indictment on felony charges, documents show. He pleaded guilty to entering a fraudulent marriage to evade immigration laws — a Class D felony — in November 2009, and he was deported in March 2010.

It’s a shame Mr. Tarhini didn’t ‘marry’ someone in Mr. Obama’s family. He’d be sitting pretty now.

Tejada, now 28, was never charged for her role in the crime

Gee, we wonder why.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement would not comment on why it took five years to investigate the couple’s marriage.

We suspect there was a lot of time spent negotiating with certain powers that be.

As recently as five weeks ago, on Sept. 21, 2010, Tejada appeared as a guest on a Spanish-language radio program in her official capacity as a spokeswoman for Harry Reid.

Monday evening, Reid’s spokesman Jim Manley said Tejada was no longer employed by Reid’s office. When asked when Tejada left Reid’s services, the spokesman had no comment.

Manley provided this statement to FoxNews.com:

“Our office was not previously aware of these allegations and, following an internal investigation, the staffer at issue is no longer with our office. The conduct alleged, which took place several years before the staffer worked for Senator Reid, was clearly wrong. But the bottom line remains that this story was a desperation measure by partisan Republicans, who have stooped to slinging mud about junior staffers to score points in the waning days of her campaign.”

Spokespersons are junior staffers? Still, you have to hand it to the GOP for setting this in motion more than five years ago. And they must have been awful clever to trick Ms. Tejada into this and to trick Mr. Reid into hiring her.

In court documents, Tejada, who was also the Press Secretary of Hispanic Media for the Senate Majority Conference Committee, is referred to as “an uncharged coconspirator in the crime of perjury, filing false immigration documents, the crime of sham marriage.”

According to interviews and court records obtained by FoxNews.com, Tejada knowingly filed false documents with the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services; lied in in-person interviews with ICE and FBI agents; and submitted fraudulent visa application affidavits and marriage license documents — all in attempt to use her status as an American citizen to get Tarhini permanent residency

Sorry, but Ms. Tejada sounds like an exemplary Democrat. After all, isn’t this effectively what Mr. Reid are doing to get illegal aliens citizenship?

Court records show that Tejada signed numerous affidavits fraudulently representing her marriage, including forms documenting her financial and employment information along with a signed obligation to support Tarhini.

As part of the process, documents show, she and Tarhini attended an August 31, 2004, meeting at Citizenship and Immigration Services in Oklahoma City, where they misrepresented their marriage to immigration officials.

The next year, Tarhini stayed in Oklahoma while Tejada moved to Washington D.C., where she began working as a spokeswoman for the National Council of La Raza, court and public records show.

Gosh, Harry Reid’s spokeswoman is a former spokeswoman for La Raza. What a surprise.

Tejada made $52,451.60 last year working for Reid.

This is what "junior staffers" are paid?

Last month Tejada spoke in her official capacity as Spokesperson, Office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as a guest on a Spanish-language radio program’s immigration-themed special on the DREAM Act, which included a section in which the host answered listeners’ questions “about the do’s and don’ts of applying for residency and naturalization.”

Well, Ms. Tejada was an expert, wasn’t she?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Reid Aide Caught In Green Card Marriage”

  1. confucius says:

    Contrast this to what happened to Meg Whitman.

  2. Petronius says:

    I’m sure there must be a reasonable explanation.

    It’s probably just an innocent mistake.

    Perhaps she met Bassam Mahmoud Tarhini when they were partners on “Dancing With the Stars”?

    Or when they were students at the madrasah in Yemen, studying Shariah law and IEDs?

    Or when they were rigging voting machines in Reno? Just good clean fun.

    Anyway, you certainly can’t blame Senator “Oil Can Harry” Reid. That would be guilt by association.

  3. proreason says:

    ok ok.

    So while Harry was saving the world, some peon on his staff made a little faux pas.

    What’s your beef?

  4. hushpuppy says:

    Wow. Another muslim practicing taqqiya. Whodathunkit!

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    I hear that there are a few openings at a Rehab Shelter in Tijuana where she can get some help with her problems. Perhaps she can persuade Filthy Harry to tag along for good measures.

  6. canary says:

    The media left out Tarhini’s muslim religion, though being probed by terrorist task force & that he is from Lebanon, one of the most radical muslim anti-American countries in the world.

    Tehaja came originally from where? It only says stayed in Oklahoma with Tarhini (watched too? before moving to DC to promote “foreigners” getting legal status. Illegals are not just Mexicans.
    It’s well known the muslims Hezbollah are using the Mexican border to sneak in.

    So, do you think Tehaja & Reid shared a couple of shooting guns on Nevada’s new gun ranch with luxurious living cabins. Maybe showed Tehaja all around the ranch. There may be a cave being dug :)
    Guess no hope in the NRA withdrawing support for Reid.

  7. canary says:

    Adam, I am sure Reid has the resources to check into his staff. Aside, the fortune he has made on his puny in comparison government pay. He obviously, liked her resume, and the La Raza would be considered a bonus to Reid. And a muslim husband is a major bonus to get their vote too. The muslims love our gun laws though their more strict than than middle-east countries.

    Something strange I picked up on seeing the supsected terrorists picture on TV, aside the shaved head, was a mark below the hairline like a ware wolf patch, that terrorist Ft. Hood slaughterer Major Hasan had on his forehead in one of his photo with shaved head. Wonder if it’s a symbol, I’d wear a beard if I could.

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