Donald Trump is adamant about having more strict immigration policies, yet, he’s hired several undocumented workers.
Trump’s National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey is the workplace of two undocumented immigrants. One of those two women is Victorina Morales, a native of Guatemala who told the New York Times she entered the United States illegally in 1999. In 2013, Morales was hired at the club as a housekeeper using fake documentation. The second woman, Sandra Diaz, is now a legal citizen but originally entered the States illegally from Costa Rica. Diaz worked for the club between 2010 and 2013.
“We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices,” Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, said in a statement provided to CNN. “If any employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately.” While the club claims to have never known about the status of the workers, Diaz says the establishment did know about her lack of documentation. She also mentioned that their supervisor would abuse them and threaten to have them deported, CNN reports.
“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,” said Anibal Romero in a statement Thursday. “Ironically, the threats often came from the same supervisor who had employed them despite knowing their undocumented status and even provided them with forged documents,” she added. “This toxic environment was designed to intimidate these women, leaving them fearful for their safety and the safety of their families.”
Morales told New York Times she is aware that she could be fired for speaking out about her story.