Trump's New Jersey Golf Resort Employs Illegal Immigrants

Lamar Ellis
December 7, 2018

Victorina Morales told The New York Times she began working at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey in 2013, 14 years after entering the United States illegally.

Morales and Sandra Diaz, a former Bedminster employee who is now a legal USA resident, reached out to the Times through their lawyer, who is representing them in "immigration matters".

Speaking to host Erin Burnett Thursday night during a panel discussion, Steve Cortes railed against illegal immigration, sympathizing with Trump whom he felt was duped when the Bedminster Club hired the housekeeper.

Sandra Diaz said she also worked at the club while she was undocumented. "If any employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately".

Although Diaz now has legal residency in the USA, she claims there were "many people without papers" working at the resort.

During the campaign, the Washington Post reported that Trump relied in part on illegal immigrant workers as part of the $200 renovation of a luxury hotel in Washington, D.C. Trump denied it, saying: "I didn't hire one illegal immigrant to build Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, ' getting the property's name in his response". According to Diaz, they were apparently "stubborn remnants of his makeup".

"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 told the Times. 'We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation'.

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

She said she didn't have proper documentation, and she used false Social Security and permanent resident cards. Interviewed by the Times, Morales said she was routinely subjected to derogatory comments from a supervisor, and came forward out of anger over Trump's comments likening Central American immigrants to criminals.

"We didn't have one illegal immigrant on the job", Trump said then.

"I ask myself, is it possible that this señor thinks we have papers?" She says she is applying for asylum and is exploring a lawsuit claiming workplace abuse and discrimination.

Though Cortes then acknowledged that Trump is "aware that those businesses are largely operated that way", he said Morales' act was grounds for her firing.

Her lawyer, Anibel Romero, has called for federal and state investigations into the matter. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with [them].

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