Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Lawyer for undocumented Trump Organization workers seeks investigation

Lawyer for undocumented Trump Organization workers seeks investigation

Victorina Morales is a Guatemalan housekeeper who's worked at Trump's glitzy Bedminster golf resort in New Jersey for five years, during which time by all accounts she hasn't raped or murdered anyone, even though she's undocumented.

Morales, who is now employed at Bedminster, pays taxes just like legal immigrants and American citizens, says she and other undocumented employees at Bedminster are coming forward out of frustration with Trump's attacks on immigrants. The report asserts several other undocumented migrants are also working at the club. But at least two supervisors at the club were aware of it, the women said, and took steps to help workers evade detection and keep their jobs.

Their lawyer, Romero, said Morales was hurt by Trump's comments disparaging immigrants here illegally as violent criminals.

The Washington Post said in 2015 that it had interviewed workers during the construction of Trump International Hotel in Washington who said they had entered the country illegally.

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.

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.

"We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices", Trump Organization spokeswoman Amanda Miller wrote in an email, without specifically addressing the article about Morales. He claimed, "We didn't have one illegal immigrant on the job".

But a number of other Trump properties - including the Bedminster golf club - do not appear in that database of employers using E-Verify. She is also exploring a lawsuit claiming workplace abuse and discrimination.

However, speaking to CNN on Thursday, a lawyer for the women, Anibal Romero, said that the two women worked cleaning now-President Trump and Ivanka Trump's house. "We call upon New Jersey's law enforcement community and federal authorities to investigate these allegations immediately".

'If an employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately, ' the Trump Organization told the paper.

The White House declined to comment on whether Mr.

'I never imagined, as an immigrant from the countryside in Guatemala, that I would see such important people close up, ' said Morales.

She said the same supervisor, who is unnamed in the story, had provided her with forged documents. She said she did not expect to return to work.

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