Illegal migrant makes the President’s bed
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.