Undocumented workers say Trump golf club hired them despite immigration status

Undocumented workers say Trump golf club hired them despite immigration status

Victorina Morales, an immigrant from Guatemala, and Sandra Diaz, a native of Costa Rica, told the New York Times that they both worked for years at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., along with several other undocumented immigrants, and that their supervisors knew their employment violated USA law.

"We're learning tonight that while this president has been railing against immigrants, calling them criminals, rapists, even animals, his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey-where the initiation fee alone is more than $100,000-has employed people who managers allegedly knew were in the country illegally".

Morales, who reportedly crossed the American border illegally in 1999, said she's hurt amid the Trump administration's crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

However, the women told the newspaper that at least two supervisors at the club were aware and took steps to help them avoid detection and hold on to their jobs. This directly contradicts statements Trump made during his campaign, when he said that he "didn't have one illegal immigrant on the job".

Now, however, the women are upset by Trump's rhetoric when it comes to illegal immigration.

Soon after Mr Trump launched his run for the presidency, several illegal workers had shifts axed. Marc Lacey, the Times's national editor, wrote on Twitter that Morales had been notified a day earlier that the story would be posted and that she did not go to work Thursday at Bedminster.

Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster N.J. Julio Cortez  AP
Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster N.J. Julio Cortez AP

Both women were described by the Times as finding Trump demanding as an employer, but kind.

Lemon noted the Trump Organization responded to the allegations with a statement highlighting its "very strict hiring practices" and vow to fire any employee who submitted false documentation.

Two women who cleaned rooms set aside for Trump at one of his golf resorts in New Jersey say they used false papers to get hired. Trump, who complains about illegal immigration and promotes hiring of Americans, employing unauthorized workers.

The Times reported that she has applied for protection under asylum laws and is exploring a lawsuit claiming workplace abuse and discrimination. CBS News reached out to the White House but have not heard back. He said she left the Trump club in 2013 shortly after Morales was hired. She understands she could be deported.

Her lawyer, Romero, has called for federal and state investigations into the matter. If he arrives suddenly, everyone runs around like insane.' she said.

So will Trump's supporters, the ones who chant "Build the wall!" at his rallies and thrill to every attack he makes on immigrants, be unsettled by any of this? "He knows we don't speak English", Morales said.

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