The Trump admin is on the warpath against undocumented workers — while the Trump Org keeps employing them: report

The Trump admin is on the warpath against undocumented workers — while the Trump Org keeps employing them: report
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When President Donald Trump wants to rally his base, one of the first things he does is rail against illegal immigration and brag about how, under his watch, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is going after workers who don't have authorization to be in the country.


But a report by Joshua Partlow and David A. Fahrenthold for the Washington Post stresses that Trump isn't practicing what he preaches — and that the Trump Organization has continued to use undocumented workers even when the president railed against them.

For the article, the Post interviewed some Latin Americans who have worked on the Trump Organization’s construction crews. One of them is Jorge Castro, an Ecuadoran man who spent nine years doing construction work for Trump’s company and worked on seven Trump properties. Castro, who was undocumented the whole time, told the Post that Trump says he “doesn’t want undocumented people in the country. But at his properties, he still has them.”

In order to verify Castro’s allegations, the Post reviewed the items he gave them —including pay stubs and text messages exchanged with a supervisor.

“If you’re a good worker, papers don’t matter,” Castro told the Post.

Another construction worker who worked for the Trump Organization and was interviewed by the Post is Edmundo Morocho, who alleged that a supervisor, Frank Sanzo, encouraged employees to purchase fake Social Security numbers and fake green cards in New York City. Morocho alleged that he once hid in the woods of a Trump golf course when labor union officials came by, and he told the Post that when he joined a Trump construction crew in 2000, “nobody had papers.”

Castro and Morocho’s assertions, according to Partlow and Fahrenthold, underscore “the chasm between the president’s derisive rhetoric about immigrants and his company’s long-standing reliance on workers who cross the border illegally.”

Luis Sigua, an Ecuadoran immigrant, told the Post that when he was working on a Trump construction crew in 2014, immigration status varied. Some were documented, some undocumented.

The Post also interviewed Eric Trump, the president’s son and a Trump Organization executive — and he insists that the company is using the E-Verify program and has been “making a broad effort to identify any employee who has given false and fraudulent documents to unlawfully gain employment.” Eric Trump stressed to the Post that the Trump Organization is faithfully using E-Verify “on all of our properties” and will fire employees immediately if they turn out to be undocumented.

However, Partlow and Fahrenthold report that since January, the Post has “interviewed 43 immigrants without legal status who were employed at Trump properties. “In all,” they report, “at least eight Trump properties have employed immigrants who entered the United States illegally, some as far back as 19 years.”

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