Il­le­gal mi­grant makes the Pres­i­dent’s bed

The Weekend Australian - - WORLD -

YORK: Un­doc­u­mented mi­grants have been work­ing for US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s lux­ury golf club in New Jer­sey, de­spite his de­nun­ci­a­tion of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and in­sis­tence on jobs for Amer­i­cans, The New York Times re­ported yes­ter­day.

Vic­to­rina Mo­rales, 45, from Gu­atemala, has been a house­keeper at the Trump Na­tional Golf Club in Bedminster since 2013, mak­ing Mr Trump’s bed and clean­ing his toi­let af­ter be­ing hired with phony doc­u­ments.

She and for­mer em­ployee San­dra Diaz, 46, who is now a le­gal res­i­dent, said there were other un­doc­u­mented work­ers at the club, and that su­per­vi­sors took steps to help work­ers evade de­tec­tion and keep their jobs.

The Times said there was no ev­i­dence that Mr Trump or ex­ec­u­tives from his fam­ily’s Trump Or­gan­i­sa­tion knew about their im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus.

“We have tens of thou­sands of em­ploy­ees across our prop­er­ties and have very strict hir­ing prac­tices,” a Trump Or­gan­i­sa­tion spokesman said.

“If any em­ployee sub­mit­ted false doc­u­men­ta­tion in an at­tempt to cir­cum­vent the law, they will be ter­mi­nated im­me­di­ately.”

Ms Diaz re­called Mr Trump erupt­ing in 2012 over orange stains on the col­lar of his golf shirt, which she de­scribed as stub­born rem­nants of his make-up.

But she and Ms Mo­rales de­scribed the Pres­i­dent as de­mand­ing but kind, at times hand­ing out tips as big as $US100 ($138).

Ms Mo­rales, who earns $US13 an hour, said em­ploy­ees had be­come in­creas­ingly up­set by Mr Trump’s neg­a­tive rhetoric about His­panic im­mi­grants and said a su­per­vi­sor be­rated them as “stupid il­le­gal im­mi­grants”.

“We are tired of the abuse, the in­sults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here help­ing him make money,” she told the pa­per. We sweat it out to at­tend to his every need and have to put up with his hu­mil­i­a­tion.”

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

“A lot of peo­ple just left,” Ms Mo­rales said.

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

The US civil­ian work­force in­cludes 7.8 mil­lion unau­tho­rised im­mi­grants, ac­cord­ing to the Pew Re­search Cen­tre.

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