Two more immigrants say they were employed by Trump while undocumented
Two more immigrants have come forward to say they were employed by the Trump Organization even though company officials seemingly knew they were undocumented at the time.
The immigrants, both women, shared their experiences shortly after news reports of two other women who said they worked as housekeepers for the president without valid documentation.
Gilberta Dominguez and Floridalma Bautista, both 34, told the New York Times on Friday that they were employed by the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and that management was aware of their undocumented status.
Dominguez, who is from Mexico, was hired in 2016 with falsified papers and worked at the golf course for six months. Bautista, from Guatemala, was undocumented in 2013 when she began work at the golf course.
Both women are now employed elsewhere. Dominguez has applied for asylum and currently holds a temporary legal work permit for her position at a distribution center. Bautista similarly left her job in 2016 for a position with a carwash, a job for which she has a work permit.
Dominguez told the Times that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on the 2016 presidential campaign trail greatly upset her. She also said that undocumented workers were treated poorly by management at the golf course, something that ultimately prompted her to leave the job.
The revelations came a day after an initial report from the Times revealed that two other women had worked as housekeepers at the president’s golf course. Victorina Morales and Sandra Diaz both told the publication about their experiences working at the establishment despite their status.
Morales, who is 45 and from Guatemala, and 47-year-old Diaz, who is from Costa Rica, both approached the Times through their New Jersey lawyer, Anibal Romero. While Diaz is now a documented U.S. resident, she worked for the Trump golf course between 2010 and 2013. Morales, who was still employed at the business at the time of the Times piece, has worked there for more than five years, sometimes even cleaning the president’s toilet.
While Morales has received accolades for her work, she voiced discontent over the president’s rhetoric targeting immigrants, along with her treatment at the hands of golf course management. She has applied for asylum and is reportedly weighing a workplace discrimination lawsuit.
“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 Times. “We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation.”
It is unclear whether the president had any knowledge of the employment of the women, although management at the golf course appears to be aware of the situation.
While an estimated eight million undocumented immigrants are likely in the U.S. labor force, the women’s stories are drawing additional scrutiny to Trump’s controversial, hardline immigration policies.
As president, Trump has ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in addition to ramping up deportations and targeting so-called “sanctuary cities.” He also threatened to shut down the southern border over immigration and moved to deny asylum seekers point blank if they enter the United States outside of official points of entry. Late Friday, those efforts faced another setback in court.
Moreover, Trump has targeted H-1B visas for highly-skilled foreign workers, tightening requirements and bombarding applicants with requests for additional evidence. Businesses have worried that such measures are hurting the U.S. economy, while universities are concerned that foreign student enrollment is dropping as a result.
Trump has historically boasted that, thanks to the electronic verification system E-Verify, businesses like the Trump International Hotel “didn’t have one illegal immigrant on the job” upon their opening.
But that doesn’t appear to be the case across the Trump Organization, given the women who have come forward about their undocumented status.
In a statement to media outlets, the organization appeared to distance itself from the women and their hiring.
“We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices,” the organization said. “If any employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately.”