Dec 6, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Former housekeeper at Trump property reveals she was an unauthorized immigrant

A view of the Trump National Golf Club while US President Donald Trump weekends at the facility. Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Housekeeper Victorina Morales, who worked at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. for more than five years, shared her story with the New York Times as one of several undocumented immigrants who cleaned Trump's property and served clubgoers before and during Trump's presidency.

Why it matters: Morales, who risked deportation to tell her story, said she was in awe of being close to such important people, like cleaning the president’s villa while he watched TV nearby and seeing White House chief of staff John Kelly come to consult Trump. But while working, she concealed hurt from an administration that has fought for border security and pronounced anti-immigration rhetoric as a key political agenda, she said.

Details: There is no evidence that Trump himself or Trump Organization executives were aware of the employee's true immigration status.

  • Morales and former co-worker Sandra Diaz worked under illegal immigration status. At least two supervisors at the club were aware and helped them evade detection to keep their jobs, per the Times.
  • The Trump Organization did not comment specifically on Morales and other employees' situations, but said the organization has "tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices."

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