Trump’s New Jersey Club Hired Undocumented Immigrants


Two women, who are illegal immigrants, claim they were subject to abuse and threats while working at President Trump's exclusive golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey - and they want authorities to investigate the allegations.

Morales and Diaz - who both cleaned Trump's clothes and personal space at Bedminster - recalled generally being treated well by Trump, at times receiving $50 or $100 tips, but Morales said her supervisors have made more of an issue of her immigration status since Trump declared his presidential candidacy - though an unnamed manager still helped her obtain a false green card.

Another woman, Sandra Diaz, who's from Costa Rica and is now a legal resident of the US, said she was also undocumented when she worked at Bedminster between 2010 and 2013, the Times reported.

The New York Times first wrote about the two women, noting that there is no evidence that the Trump Organization knew they did not have legal documents.

The Times reported that she has applied for protection under asylum laws and is exploring a lawsuit claiming workplace abuse and discrimination.

Two months after Mr. Trump's inauguration, in March 2017, Ms. Morales said that she and other workers received a new employee handbook.

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

His anti-immigration views are also not limited to the United States; Trump has criticized European nations for allowing refugees and migrants to resettle there, saying the newcomers "change the fabric" of the West for the worse.

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

Her lawyer, Anibel Romero, has called for federal and state investigations into the matter. She also shared with the Times that the president was particular about having his items, as well as Melania's and Barron's, washed with a "special detergent" in a washing machine separate from the rest of the club's residents.

The White House did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment. Trump, who complains about illegal immigration and promotes hiring of Americans, employing unauthorized workers.

She said the same supervisor, who is unnamed in the story, had provided her with forged documents. "If an employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately". In addition to calling for a wall on the Mexican border, he has urged companies to screen workers more carefully. "We call upon New Jersey's law enforcement community and federal authorities to investigate these allegations immediately and to help protect these courageous women and others who may now come forward". 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.