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Dems Push FBI to Probe Undocumented Staff at Trump Golf Course

  • U.S. President Donald Trump at Trump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., Feb. 3, 2019.

    U.S. President Donald Trump at Trump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., Feb. 3, 2019. | Photo: Reuters file

Published 14 February 2019

President Donald Trump's golf clubs accused of hiring scores of undocumented migrants.

A group of Democrat lawmakers, Wednesday, asked Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray to investigate the Trump Organization, which is helmed by U.S. President Donald Trump, for allegedly hiring a score of undocumented Latin American workers on golf courses.

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"We write to you to request a thorough federal investigation into the disturbing allegations from former Trump Organization employees that demonstrate possible violations of both civil and criminal law by the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York and Bedminster, New Jersey," the lawmakers noted in a letter.

The request was driven by the Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva and signed by New York reps. Yvette Clarke and Nydia Velazquez, Massachusetts Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, Florida Rep. Darren Soto, California Rep. Jimmy Gomez and New Jersey reps. Bonnie Watson and Tom Malinowski.

A number of former employees of the golf courses in Westchester (New York) and Bedminster (New Jersey) reported having worked without papers for President Trump's companies.

According to The Washington Post, the management of the Bedminster Club hired employees from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico and Guatemala.

Reports are that, the Bedminster Club employees, who lived in the working-class neighborhood of Bound Brook, in New Jersey,  were piled into vans before dawn and transported to the golf course daily.

Many of the illegal workers who were employed to the Trump companies were allegedly dismissed en masse when the pressure to build the US-Mexico border wall intensified.

"The Trump Organization fired these hardworking employees — many of whom had worked there for over 10 years — as President Trump shut down the government over a border wall that would supposedly keep undocumented immigrants out. However, he did not hesitate to break the law to employ them and exploit them for his own financial gain," the congressmen letter states.

The Trump Organization has declared that the undocumented workers no longer work for the companies and that at their time of employment the company was unaware of any undocumented status, adding that the workers falsified documents.

However, some workers countered that several superiors had knowledge of their immigration status.

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