Undocumented workers say Trump golf club hired them despite immigration status

Undocumented workers say Trump golf club hired them despite immigration status

New York Times reported that an undocumented worker from Guatemala has been working as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster since 2013.

To ascertain that she was in fact an employee of the club, The Times reviewed Morales' pay stubs and W-2 forms, which list the golf course as her employer.

The Washington Post said in 2015 that it had interviewed workers during the construction of Trump International Hotel in Washington who said they had entered the country illegally. There is no reason that a customer or Trump would be able to differentiate between a legal H-2B worker and an illegal worker.

Just five of the 565 companies in President Trump's business empire are signed up to use E-Verify, the government's best tool to weed illegal immigrants out of the workforce, according to a Washington Times analysis that suggests the president could personally be doing more on that front.

Morales tells the Times that she was motivated to speak up because she was sick of hearing the president attack undocumented immigrants while on the campaign trail.

Other times, she claimed Trump acted in the opposite manner and even had "an outburst over some orange stains on the collar of his white golf shirt".

"There are many people without papers", said Diaz, who said she witnessed several people being hired whom she knew to be living in the country without legal permission.

"While working at Donald Trump's estate in Bedminster and interacting with the President and his immediate family, my clients and others were repeatedly subjected to abuse, called racial epithets and threatened with deportation", immigration lawyer Anibal Romero said in a statement.

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Under a section titled "Immigration Compliance", the handbook stated that employees were required to present documents specified by the federal government.

They worked in maintenance and housekeeping roles, and one of them washed the Trump family's laundry.

Ms. Morales said she will never forget the day Mr. Trump pulled up to the pro shop in his cart as she was washing its large, arched windows. She said she did not expect to return to work.

Morales has had dealings with Trump that go back years, and her husband has confirmed that she would on occasion come home jubilant because the club owner had paid her a compliment, or bestowed on her a $50 or sometimes a $100 tip.

Trump's campaign was buoyed by his harsh stance on illegal immigration and promises of a border wall paid for by Mexico.

The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did the lawyer representing Morales. She says she is applying for asylum and is exploring a lawsuit claiming workplace abuse and discrimination.

Hiring illegal immigrants is illegal, and can result in fines for each employee.

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