Trump golf course fires undocumented employees during shutdown

The Trump National Golf Club in Westchester

The Trump National Golf Club in Westchester

While President Donald Trump was keeping the government shut down for weeks over the need for a border wall to bar potential immigrants, his golf club in Westchester County was quietly firing a dozen undocumented employees, some of whom had been there for years.

"Unfortunately, this means the club must end its employment relationship with you today", a Trump executive told the employees, according to a recording one worker gave to the The Washington Post.

About a dozen chefs, housekeepers and waiters got the axe January 18, they told The Washington Post on Saturday, for providing fake Social Security numbers and green cards when they were hired as long as 15 years ago.

"This is bogus. People have been there for 12, 13, 14 years", said Romero.

The firings come after workers at the Trump club in Bedminster came forward last month to say managers there had hired them knowing they were in the country illegally, and had even helped one obtain phony documents.

"It didn't matter. They didn't care [about immigration status]", one former manager told the Post. "Where identified, any individual will be terminated immediately", the president's son, Eric Trump, said in a statement to the Post.

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"The system is broken".

Trump has repeatedly cast the millions of immigrants in the country illegally as a scourge on the health of the economy, taking jobs from American citizens.

"They said absolutely nothing".

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One man who was sacked, a former maintenance worker from Mexico hired in 2005, told The Post that he started to cry when he was told of the news and pleaded with management to reconsider. He said they harm workers who are USA citizens. "I had worked nearly 15 years for them in this club, and I'd given the best of myself to this job". The workers have done nothing wrong but work hard while the club can break the law with impunity. "They said they didn't have any comments to make".

According to Eric Trump, the Trump Organization is doing everything in their power to get rid of employees who submitted false paperwork during the hiring process. "We are demanding a full investigation".

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