Undocumented workers say Trump golf club hired them despite immigration status

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A housekeeper at President Donald Trump's Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, was revealed to be an undocumented immigrant in a New York Times report published Thursday.

Victorina Morales, a native of Guatemala, told the newspaper she had crossed into the US illegally in 1999 and was hired at the club in 2013 as a housekeeper using phony documentation. The report asserts several other undocumented migrants are also working at the club.

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

"We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices,"a Trump Organization spokesperson told the Times". According to witnesses, some supervisors even help workers evade detection and keep their jobs. An employee of the golf course drives her and a group of others to work every day, she says, because it is known that they can not legally obtain driver's licenses.

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. Ms. Morales said that she understood she could be fired or deported as a result of coming forward, though she has applied for protection under the asylum laws. She is also exploring a lawsuit claiming workplace abuse and discrimination.

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

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

"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 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.

His other properties have relied on foreign guest workers.

A housekeeper who worked at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., for three years is pulling back the curtain on President Trump's dirty laundry.

The White House declined to comment. In addition to calling for a wall on the Mexican border, he has urged companies to screen workers more carefully.

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

"Any person who runs for any elected office should immediately sign up for E-Verify for any employee situation they have, whether they're running their own businesses, whether they're hiring labor at home, whatever it is, just as a matter of pure common sense", said Rosemary Jenks, government relations manager for NumbersUSA, which has long called for E-Verify to be made mandatory for all businesses.