Undocumented workers say Trump golf club hired them despite immigration status


Undocumented immigrants who either work or have worked at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey are now going on the record to talk about their experiences working there in interviews with the New York Times.

"There are many people without papers", Diaz said of the club's staff. Morales also said that her supervisor would sometimes demean employees as being "stupid illegal immigrants" who are less intelligent than dogs. Sandra Diaz, a 46-year-old woman from Costa Rica, also told the Times that she was employed as an undocumented immigrant at the club between 2010 and 2013. Both told the Times that at least two supervisors were aware of their status and helped them evade detection.

The newspaper admitted: "There is no evidence that Mr. Trump or Trump Organization executives knew of their immigration status".

Trump built his 2016 presidential campaign around a hard-line stance against illegal immigration. She says she is applying for asylum and is exploring a lawsuit claiming workplace abuse and discrimination.

Morales said Jorge Villafuerte, identified as a club facilities manager in a photo with President Trump, later gave her money to get a fake green card and Social Security card.

"We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices", said the Trump Organization in an emailed statement.

"The president has been half-serious about stopping illegal immigration by not taking away the jobs magnet", said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group pushing to reduce immigration.

The Trump Organization "did not comment specifically" on Morales or Diaz when asked by the Times.

Romero, the women's lawyer, said that the abusive behavior needs to be addressed by law enforcement. Trump, who complains about illegal immigration and promotes hiring of Americans, employing unauthorized workers. "If an employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately".

"This toxic environment was created to intimidate these women, leaving them fearful for their safety and the safety of their families", Romero said.

The White House declined to comment.

Her lawyer, Anibal Romero, has called for federal and state investigations into the matter. But companies are not required in most cases to take additional steps to verify the authenticity of documents.

'I never imagined, as an immigrant from the countryside in Guatemala, that I would see such important people close up, ' said Morales.

She says she washed and ironed Trump's white boxers, golf shirts, and khakis. 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.