A pair of women who say they got jobs using fake documents that brought work at Donald Trump's Bedminister, New Jersey golf course have come forward to reveal their labors and blast the president for his "insults" against immigrants.
The New York Times identified the women as Victorina Morales, who came to the United States illegally in 1999, and Sandra Diaz, a native of Costa Rica who was undocumented when she worked there between 2010 and 2013.
It appears unlikely that Trump would be aware of either woman's immigration status.
Trump built his 2016 presidential campaign around a hard-line stance against illegal immigration. And though we shouldn't assign worth to undocumented immigrants because of their labor - their contributions to the United States are greater than the many ways that they enrich others - it's repulsive that Trump could privately acknowledge their work ethic but then also turn around and paint them as a drain on resources.
Morales has had dealings with Trump that go back years, and her husband has confirmed that she would on occasion come home jubilant because the club owner had paid her a compliment, or bestowed on her a $50 or sometimes a $100 tip. Although Diaz now has legal residency in the USA, she claims there were "many people without papers" working at the resort.
"We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices", said the Trump Organization in an emailed statement. As President, Trump has pushed for increased border security and a merit-based immigration system.
For example, Trump's deputies have successfully blocked bipartisan effortsto greatly expand the H-2B program for seasonal visa workers, including hotel workers such as Ms. Morales.
Romero, the women's lawyer, said that the abusive behavior needs to be addressed by law enforcement. 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 women worked on housekeeping and golf course maintenance. "If an employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately". In addition to demanding funding for a wall on the Mexican border, his administration has stepped up workplace raids and urged companies to screen workers more carefully.
"I'm exhausted of being humiliated and treated like a stupid person", she said in Spanish during a brief interview. She claims that the staff routinely mocked her nationality despite knowingly hiring her as undocumented. 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.