Trump golf club employs undocumented workers: report, Government & Economy

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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.

The New York Times identified the women as Victorina Morales, who came to the U.S. illegally in 1999, and Sandra Diaz, a native of Costa Rica who was undocumented when she worked there between 2010 and 2013.

Ms. Morales did fill out some immigration-related employment documents for the Trump golf club, but those were likely I-9 forms, which illegal immigrants regularly fill out using fake identities and Social Security numbers - and are rarely caught.

Soon after Mr Trump launched his run for the presidency, several illegal workers had shifts axed.

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

"While working at Donald Trump's estate in Bedminster and interacting with the President and his immediate family, my clients and others were repeatedly subjected to abuse, called racial epithets and threatened with deportation", immigration lawyer Anibal Romero said in a statement.

"We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices", a Trump Organization spokesperson told Fox News.

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"This isn't a hotel with 300 employees - they were both in charge of cleaning the president's house", said Romero, referring to a guest house on the property set aside for Trump. 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 Trump Organization "did not comment specifically" on Morales or Diaz when asked by the Times.

The two women said they worked for years as part of a group of housekeeping, maintenance and landscaping employees at the golf club that included a number of workers in the country without legal permission, though they could not say precisely how many.

The White House declined to comment on whether Mr. "He knows we don't speak English", Morales said. "We call upon New Jersey's law enforcement community and federal authorities to investigate these allegations immediately and to help protect these fearless women and others who may now come forward", Romero added. But companies are not required in most cases to take additional steps to verify the authenticity of documents.

"A lot of people just left", Ms Morales said. She said she did not expect to return to work.

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