On Friday, President Trump said he did not know whether his golf clubs – employing dozens of unrecorded workers in the past – still use someone today
Trump's eldest sons, Don Jr. and Eric, has taken over the leadership of the Trump Organization while their father is president.
But groundskeepers, girls and kitchen staff interviewed by The Washington Post in recent months say they have worked without legal documents in Trump's clubs long before entering politics and making illegal immigration to his core issue.
Standing outside the White House before going to his golf club in Bedminster, NJ, Trump was asked by journalists about his knowing shelf of unconscious workers employed there and with his other clubs.
"Well, I don't know. Because I don't run it, Trump said." But I will say, probably all clubs in the United States have it because it seems to me, as I understand, a way people did Business. "
Then he added," We've ended whatever they did, "and said the rules are" very strict. "
The Trump Organization did not respond to a request for comment Friday. The President's remarks were his most comprehensive in the case when it was revealed that his clubs were reliant on undocumented work.
Post has described Trump's organization's reliance on undeclared work For many years, such workers helped build some of his golf courses and manned housekeeping, maintenance, and cooking jobs well into Trump's presidency, the post so far interviewing 40 people working for Trump without legal status.
Trump Organization Officials has said that these workers used false documents to get their jobs and that the company fired them when they found out.
The company also adopted E-Verify, the government's voluntary online system to check for an employee is entitled to work in the United States.
In 2016, Trump told MSNBC host Chris Matthews: "I use E-Verify at almost every one job. . . . I use E-Verify and I tell you it works. "
It was only this year that all of the company's US golf courses began using the system, allowing employers to check the names and personal information of new hires against the records of the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.
This week, many of the fired employees, some of whom worked at Trump companies for more than a decade, sent the president a letter calling for a meeting and calling on him to give them a path to citizenship.
"You know many by us and will remember how hard we have worked for you, your family and your golf clubs, "they wrote.
Anibal Romero, a New Jersey based lawyer representing more than 20 former Trump workers who are undocumented , said his customers believe that Trump's company was aware of their status. These workers have said the company treated them differently from legal staff and they did not provide any health benefits and – in some cases – that they have to work extra hours unpaid.
"He knew what he was doing," Romero said of Trump. "He knew he could make them cheap labor."
David A. Fahrenthold contributed to this report.