An undocumented immigrant who is a maid at President Donald Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey golf club spoke out to The New York Times about the “humiliation” she has endured as a result of his rhetoric about immigration.
“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,” Victorina Morales told the Times. “We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation.”
“I ask myself, is it possible that this señor thinks we have papers? He knows we don’t speak English,” she said separately. “Why wouldn’t he figure it out?”
Morales and Sandra Diaz, a former Bedminster employee who is now a legal U.S. resident, reached out to the Times through their lawyer, who is representing them in “immigration matters.” Morales has applied for asylum protections. She is also “exploring a lawsuit claiming workplace abuse and discrimination,” in the Times’ words.
“There are many people without papers,” Diaz, who left her Bedminster job in 2013, told the Times.
Morales acknowledged using falsified documents to the Times; she said supervisors at Bedminster helped her work there despite being undocumented.
“We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices,”a Trump Organization spokesperson told the Times. “If an employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately.”
Morales and Diaz — who both cleaned Trump’s clothes and personal space at Bedminster — recalled generally being treated well by Trump, at times receiving $50 or $100 tips, but Morales said her supervisors have made more of an issue of her immigration status since Trump declared his presidential candidacy — though an unnamed manager still helped her obtain a false green card.
One supervisor, in the Times’ words, “frequently made remarks about the employees’ vulnerable legal status when critiquing their work … sometimes calling them ‘stupid illegal immigrants’ with less intelligence than a dog.”