OSSINING, NY – They spent years on staff at Donald Trump's golf club, who won employee-to-month awards and received glowing letters of recommendation.
Some were trusted enough to hold the keys to Eric Trump's weekend home. They were experienced enough to know ̵
But on January 18, about half a dozen employees at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County were summoned, one for one to speak to a human resource manager from Trump's headquarters.
During the meetings, they were fired because they are undocumented immigrants, according to interviews with the workers and their lawyer. The fired workers are from Latin America.
The sudden launches that were previously unreported follow last year's revelations of unreported work at a Trump club in New Jersey, where employees were subsequently rejected. The launches show that Trump's business was dependent on undocumented workers, even though the president required a border wall to stop such immigrants.
Trump's demand for cross-border funding led to the government interruption, which ended Friday after nearly 35 days.
In Westchester County, workers were told that Trump's company had just revised their immigration documents – the same as they had submitted years earlier – and found them false.
& # 39; & # 39; Unfortunately, this means that the club must end its employment with you today, says Trump executive, according to a recording made by an employee of his firing.
& # 39; & # 39; I started crying, & # 39; & # 39; said Gabriel Sedano, a former maintenance worker from Mexico, who was among the fired. He had been working at the club since 2005. & # 39; & # 39; I told them they should consider us. I had worked for them for almost 15 years in this club and I wanted the best of myself for this job. & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; & # 39; I had never done anything wrong, just work and work, & # 39; & # 39; he added. & # 39; & # 39; They said they had no comments to make. & # 39; & # 39;
The mass firing at the New York Golf Club, which workers said eliminated about half of the club's winter time staff, follows a story in The New York Times last year that highlighted an unconscious worker at another Trump club in Bedminster, NJ. Following this story, Trump's company fired unconscious workers at the Bedminster Club, according to former workers there.
President Trump still owns his businesses, which includes 16 golf courses and 11 hotels around the world. He has given the daily control of the businesses to his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.
In an emailed statement, Eric Trump said: "We are making a great effort to identify any employee who has provided false and fraudulent documents for illegal employment. Where identified, any person will be terminated immediately. & # 39; # 39;
He added that this is one of the reasons why my father is struggling so hard for the immigration reform. The system is broken.
Eric Trump did not respond to specific issues about how many unrecognized workers had been fired on other Trump properties and whether the company had previously conducted similar audits of employees' immigration paperwork, nor did he answer whether managers had previously been aware of the fact that they were employed by unrecorded workers.
This Trump golf club does not appear on the government's list of participants in the E-Verify system, which allows employers to confirm their employees are legally resident. Ask a question about whether the club would participate in the system.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment Friday.
The launches highlight a strong tension between Trump's public attitude towards immigration and Trump's private action.
Trump has publicly claimed that undocumented immigrants have harmed American workers by driving down wages. It was part of why Trump required a border wall and considered declaring a national emergency to get it.
But in Westchester County, Trump seems to have benefited from the same dynamism he condemns. His unproven workers said they gave Trump cheap labor. In return, they got stable work and got questions.
& # 39; & # 39; They said absolutely nothing. They never said, & # 39; your social number is bad & # 39; or "Something's Wrong", said Margarita Cruz, a household employee from Mexico, who was fired after eight years at the club. & # 39; & # 39; Nothing. Nothing. Until now. & # 39; & # 39;
In June 2016, Trump gave a campaign talk at the Westchester club and told how he had hugged mothers and fathers whose children had been murdered by illegal immigrants.
& # 39; & # 39; On immigration policy, & # 39; America First & # 39; protection of US workers' work, wages and security, whether it be first or 10th generation, & # 39; & # 39; said Trump in his speech. & # 39; & # 39; No matter who you are, we must protect your job because I tell you that our job is being removed from our country as we are babies. & # 39; & # 39;
Documenting shot on the golf course, the Washington Post spoke with 16 current and former workers on the course – sitting among ritzy homes in Briarcliff Manor, 27 miles north of Manhattan. Post reporters met with former employees for hours of interviews in a tight apartment in Ossining, a hardscrabble town next door, whose main landmark is Sing Sing State Prison.
Among these workers, six said they had been fired on January 18. They and their lawyer confirmed the other cancellations.
Another worker said he was still employed by the club at the time of the cleanup despite his papers being false. However, his postponement did not last long. His lawyer later said he was fired at night.
Workers brought wages and employee prices and uniforms to back up their claims. They said they were public because they felt discarded: After working so long for Trump's company, they said they were fired without warning and no dismissal.
& # 39; & # 39; Remember us, & # 39; & # 39; said Cruz and grabbed Trump and the country.
The interviews were organized by a lawyer, Anibal Romero, who also represents unconscious workers from Trump's club in Bedminster.
The Trump Organization has shown & # 39; & # 39; a pattern and practice of hiring undocumented immigrants, not only in New Jersey, but also in New York, & # 39; & # 39; said Romero. & # 39; & # 39; We require a full and thorough investigation from federal authorities. & # 39; & # 39;
The workers were largely from Mexico, with few from other countries. Most said they crossed the US southern border on foot and later bought fake immigration documents. Many bought theirs in Queens, New York.
They said that Trump Organization executives did not seem to examine these documents closely when they were hired.
Edmundo Morocho, an Ecuadorian maintenance worker, said he was hired around 2000 with a green card and social security card, which he said he bought in Queens for about $ 50. The green card he showed The Washington Post says, that it expired in 2002, but a decade passed before the Trump club told him to replace it, he said.
Morocho bought a new card, he said. It had a different birth date than the first but he said the Trump club didn't raise issues. The post has seen both cards. It was unclear whether they were forged or stolen.
& # 39; & # 39; The auditor took copies and said: "OK, that's fine, & # 39; & # 39; told Morocho. & # 39; & # 39; He said nothing more. & # 39; & # 39; Eric Trump did not respond to a question that asked about the club's process of reviewing employee immigration documents.
Jesus Lira, a banquet chef from Mexico, said it on two occasions In 2008, an Trump auditor rejected the club's fake documents and told him they should get better.
& # 39; & # 39; She said: "I can't accept this, go back and tell them to do a better job & # 39; "Lira revoked. He said he returned to Queens a third time and found documents accepted by the club. Eric Trump did not respond to a question about Lira's account.
The post spoke to two former club leaders A former manager who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the club's internal practices said the club invoked its accounting department to investigate the immigration documents and that the department rejected about 20 percent of applicants for immigration issues.
Others Former leader said that the broad Trump Organization puts much more emphasis on finding cheap labor than what has been put on expelling undocumented workers. The former leader characterized the attitude of the club as & # 39; & # 39; do not ask, tell. not. & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; & # 39; It didn't matter. They didn't care [about immigration status] & # 39; & # 39; & # 39; & # 39; & # 39; said the previous manager who spoke on condition of anonymity to maintain the bond with the current Trump leaders. & # 39; & # 39; It was, & # 39; getting the cheapest labor possible. & # 39; & # 39; & # 39; The former leader said the assumption at the club was that the immigration authorities were unlikely to target golf clubs for mass attacks.
At the club, unproven workers said they despised the unspoken understanding that they would never be promoted to management. But many had good memories of interactions with Trump family members who visited the club for parties and weekends.
Sedano, the maintenance worker from Mexico, said he had a set of keys for a home that Eric Trump used on the court because Sedano was responsible for taking the trash there and making repairs.
Sedano recalled cleaning the railings one day at the club's main entrance when Donald Trump approached him.
& # 39; & # 39; He asked me how long I had been working there. At that time, it had been about five years, "Sedano explained.
Trump noted Sedan's wedding ring, he surrendered Sedano $ 200.
He said:" Take your wife out for dinner, "Sedano said." I will never forget it. "
Alejandro Juarez, a native of Mexico who had worked as server and runners at the club since 2007, said Eric Trump met him by name at a party in December 19659005] & # 39; & # 39; I earned hors d & # 39; oeuvres, & # 39; & # 39 ; Juarez, & # 39; & # 39; and he told me, "Thank you, Alejandro. Thanks for everything, okay? & # 39; & # 39;
This month was Sedano and Juarez among the lords Sedano's wife, a housekeeper at the Trump club, said she was fired that same day.
The lighthouse started at 10.00 am
Cruz, the fired housekeeper, knew what was coming before she left in because she had heard from other workers who had already been fired, thinking that the workers were sitting there "like little lambs that were created for the slaughterhouse." She hit & # 39; & # 39; record the & # 39; button on his phone before she started.
Deirdre Rosen, a leader who identified herself as head of human resources for the Trump organization, began reading from papers in front of her, Cruz said. An interpreter who listened to the speakerphone translated his words into Spanish.
He translated the Rose's statement that Cruz's paper work, filed in 2011 after a review of the Trump Organization, does not seem to be genuine. & # 39; & # 39;
So he translated the Roses question: & # 39; & # 39; Are you currently authorized for employment in the United States? & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; & # 39; About, no, & # 39; & # 39; Cruz replied.
& # 39; & # 39; No & # 39;, & # 39; & # 39; translates the man onto the phone.
Rose continued: & # 39; & # 39; According to the law, the club cannot continue to hire someone who knows that the individual is or has become unauthorized for employment, & # 39; & # 39; Rosen told her. & # 39; & # 39; Unfortunately, this means that the club must end its employment relationship with you today. & # 39; & # 39;
Cruz told them she was a single mother with two children and asked why she had not received any warning so she could look for another job.
& # 39; & # 39; The law says as soon as we know that you are not allowed to continue your employment. That's why, "said Rosen. As Cruz left, Rosen said:" Have a good day. "
The praise could not be reached for comments.
Then Cruz said that She felt it – from one moment to the next – the Trump Organization had been trying to transform her from an employee to a nonentity.
We work just. How can they take our taxes, charge us for This or that, and don't give us any rights? "said Cruz. & # 39; & # 39; When they take our taxes, we count as humans. Why don't we count on other things? & # 39; & # 39;
She said: & # 39; & # 39; We do not exist. & # 39; & # 39;