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Undocumented workers say Trump golf club hired them despite immigration status

Undocumented workers say Trump golf club hired them despite immigration status

Victorina Morales, a Guatemalan immigrant, says in a bombshell interview that she cleaned Trump's toilet and dusted his golf trophies at the Bedminster club frequently visited by the president.

Ms Morales described numerous interactions she had with Mr Trump at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where she said she used fake documents to secure a job easily after working at another hotel before learning of the opening.

"We are exhausted of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money", she said in an interview with the New York Times. She claims that the staff routinely mocked her nationality despite knowingly hiring her as undocumented.

"I told [a supervisor] I don't have good papers", she recalled.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency charged with detaining and deporting immigrants who lack legal status, did not respond to questions asking about the case.

"If any employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately".

Morales told The Times she is applying for asylum and is exploring a lawsuit claiming workplace abuse and discrimination.

"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.

The Times story says that there is no evidence that the Trump Organization knew the two were did not have legal documents, but the women say at least two supervisors were aware of their status and helped them evade detection. But companies are not required in most cases to take additional steps to verify the authenticity of documents.




Diaz discussed the tasks she carried out in her role when she cleaned Trump's residence, down to the way he liked his clothing laundered, which included ironing everything from his white boxers, golf shirts and khaki pants to his sheets and towels.

Two months after Mr. Trump's inauguration, in March 2017, Ms. Morales said that she and other workers received a new employee handbook. Noticing that Ms. Morales, who is shy of five feet tall, could not reach the top, he said, "Excuse me", grabbed her rag and wiped the upper portion of the glass.

She was hired at Trump's golf club in 2013 with phony documents.

While running for president, Trump touted a national E-Verify mandate.

The revelations by the New York Times are in stark contrast to President Trump's stance on illegal immigration.

His silence on the issue has, to the dismay of some conservatives, drained momentum from one of their top policy goals. The president railed against illegal immigrants in the "caravan" during the campaign, and has referred to an "infestation" of immigration. Beck said Trump has "let us down in his promise to help American workers" because he hasn't "put his shoulder behind a mandatory E-Verify bill".

Morales, who earns US$13 an hour, said employees had become increasingly upset by Trump's negative rhetoric about Hispanic immigrants and said a supervisor berated them as "stupid illegal immigrants".

The Trump Organization did not comment on Thursday about the undocumented workers.