Undocumented former Trump workers ask Congress for protection

Undocumented former Trump workers ask Congress for protection

By:  Priscilla Alvarez

Victorina Morales, a cleaner who spent years working at one of President Donald Trump's golf clubs, risked deportation by outing herself as an undocumented worker to the New York Times in December -- but now she's asking Congress for protection. 


The group met Tuesday with New Jersey Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez.
Menendez said after the meeting that he'd "raise concerns" with federal agencies about ensuring their status is not affected "negatively."

"[The workers] really speak volumes about the hypocrisy of the president who rails against immigrants but uses their labor and does so in a way, and an in an environment, as I understand it, that was hostile to them and threatening to them," Menendez said in remarks to reporters Tuesday.
From left, Margarita Cruz, Victorina Morales, Sandra Diaz and Gabriel Sedano speak with Sen. Bob Menendez in his office in Washington.

The group visiting Capitol Hill also included Sandra Diaz, who was undocumented while she worked at Bedminster between 2010 and 2013, but has since become a legal resident of the United States.
Along with Booker and Menendez, they also met with Arizona Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva and freshman New Jersey Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski.

Trump's golf clubs in New Jersey and New York do not participate in the federal E-Verify system, which is designed to help employers confirm that applicants are legally permitted to work in the US.
New Jersey lawyer Anibal Romero is representing about 20 workers who are, or were, undocumented during their employment at Trump's golf clubs.