Trump’s New Jersey Golf Resort Employs Illegal Immigrants
The Trump National Golf Club is home to green lawns, sparkling water features — and illegal immigrants working for the resort. One of them is Victorina Morales. The housekeeper has spent the past five years working at the club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Morales makes Donald Trump’s bed, cleans his toilet, and dusts his golf trophies. And It appears the resort knows she isn’t legally allowed in the country. The New York Times reports that Morales admitted she isn’t the only worker at the club who is in the country illegally either.
Morales entered the United States illegally in 1999 and made her way to New Jersey. She was hired at Trump’s golf club in 2013 with phony documents. Sanda Diaz, a Costa Rican native, told the Times that she was also an illegal immigrant when she worked at the club from 2010 until 2013. She is now a legal resident of the United States.
The women added that at least two of their supervisors knew they were working illegally and went to lengths to help the women hide their statuses. Diaz explained, “There are many people without papers.” Morales and a few other workers are driven to work every day by a company shuttle because the golf course knows they can’t legally get a driver’s license.
The revelations by the New York Times are in stark contrast to President Trump’s stance on illegal immigration. Trump boasted during the presidential campaign that no illegal immigrants worked at any of his properties. He claimed, “We didn’t have one illegal immigrant on the job.”
Morales kept silent for the first two years of Trump’s presidency, despite remarks that hurt her. The native Guatemalan woman endured comments from a supervisor who attacked her intelligence and appeared to hold her immigration status over her head.
Finally, she decided to speak out. Morales told the Times:
“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. We sweat it out and attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation.”
Victorina Morales and Sandra Diaz approached the New York Times with their stories through an immigration lawyer. During her interview, Morales suggested that, since their supervisor was aware of their immigration status, it’s possible President Trump also knows.