Trump allegedly hired illegal immigrants to work at his golf course

Ross Houston
December 7, 2018

Sandra Diaz was one of two undocumented immigrant housekeepers featured in a New York Times piece published on Thursday in which the publication went in depth about how there were people at the golf club who were employed despite entering and working in the country illegally.

Morales said she cleaned Trump's villa while he watched TV, saw a parade of potential cabinet picks during the presidential transition, and witnesses chief of staff John Kelly - the former head of Homeland Security - meet with the president.

Morales-who is still now employed at the gold club-also revealed she will be looking into filing a lawsuit claiming abuse and discrimination after a supervisor made hurtful comments about her intelligence and undocumented status.

But the admission is buried in the 50th paragraph of the article, which highlights the comments from a Guatemalan illegal who told the newspaper that she expected to be fired after revealing her illegal status to the media.

Mr Trump made a crackdown on illegal immigration one of the central planks of his campaign and presidency.


"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.

During that campaign, Trump said his own businesses already used the system - which, in most states, is voluntary for employers.

She was hired at Trump's golf club in 2013 with phony documents. "We sweat it out and attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation". His golf courses in North Carolina and Doral, Florida, use it, as well as his Mar-a-Lago resort and his hotels in Washington and Chicago.

Anibal Romero, Morales' attorney, said he planned to help Morales file an asylum claim after her family in Guatemala was threatened and Morales' father-in-law was hacked to death in a machete attack.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment, but Amanda Miller, senior vice president for marketing and corporate communications at the Trump Organisation, said in a statement, "If an employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately". "A lot of people just left", Morales said.


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

Morales told the news outlet she expects to be reprimanded severely with the report coming out. CBS News reached out to the White House but have not heard back. He called for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, mass deportations of the undocumented, and an expansion of E-Verify, the federal government's online tool to check whether employees are legally eligible to work.

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". She understands she could be deported.

"I ask myself, is it possible that this señor thinks we have papers? He knows we don't speak English", Morales said.


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