The Real Criminal Is the Guy Who Occupies the White House

As Trump rage tweets his fear-mongering lies about immigrants, the story is slowly unfolding about how the real criminal is the man who currently resides in the White House. First came this story from the New York Times about undocumented immigrants working at his golf club in New Jersey.

During more than five years as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Victorina Morales has made Donald J. Trump’s bed, cleaned his toilet and dusted his crystal golf trophies. When he visited as president, she was directed to wear a pin in the shape of the American flag adorned with a Secret Service logo.

Because of the “outstanding” support she has provided during Mr. Trump’s visits, Ms. Morales in July was given a certificate from the White House Communications Agency inscribed with her name.

Quite an achievement for an undocumented immigrant housekeeper.

Ms. Morales’s journey from cultivating corn in rural Guatemala to fluffing pillows at an exclusive golf resort took her from the southwest border, where she said she crossed illegally in 1999, to the horse country of New Jersey, where she was hired at the Trump property in 2013 with documents she said were phony.

She said she was not the only worker at the club who was in the country illegally.

Next we learned that the same golf club is under investigation.

Anibal Romero, a Newark attorney who represents several undocumented immigrants who used to work at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, said Friday he recently met with investigators from the state attorney general’s office and handed over fraudulent green cards and Social Security numbers that management at the club allegedly procured and gave his clients, Victorina Morales and Sandra Diaz.

So the Trump National Gold Club wasn’t just in the business of hiring undocumented immigrants, they allegedly supplied them with fraudulent green cards and Social Security numbers.

The next story reinforces the fact that there was an intent to break the law.

A former employee of the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey said that her name was removed from a list of workers to be vetted by the Secret Service after she reminded management that she was unlawfully in the United States, the latest worker to assert that supervisors at the elite resort were aware that some members of their work force were undocumented…

Emma Torres, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador who prepared food at the club, said that members of the kitchen staff were asked in 2016, as Donald J. Trump was in the midst of his campaign for the White House, to write their names, addresses and other details, including their Social Security numbers, on a list of employees that would be submitted to the Secret Service for clearance…

“When I learned this is for the Secret Service to see the records of everyone because they are giving protection to Mr. Trump, I rushed to human resources,” Ms. Torres said in an interview. “I thought, God, what will I do?” Ms. Torres said she had used a fake Social Security number when she applied for her job.

She said that she told a human resources employee, whose name she does not know, that she did not have legal status. She said that the woman replied, “‘It’s O.K. No problem.’ She scratched me off the list.”

The woman then asked Ms. Torres for names of other kitchen workers who might be undocumented, which Ms. Torres said she provided.

We’ve known for a while now that Trump’s winery in Virginia regularly requests the same kind of visas for laborers that he rails against publicly. But that simply demonstrates his depraved hypocrisy. What is happening at his New Jersey golf club is against the law.

One of the measures taken by the Obama administration to combat illegal immigration was to crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers. With all of his railing about the issue, we haven’t heard anything about that kind of approach from Trump. Now you know why.

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60.