‘Many of our employees have been with us for years and are an extension of our family. Still, after being confronted with this issue, we had no choice…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Over the last two months, the Trump Organization has fired at least 18 illegal immigrants at five of its golf courses in New York and New Jersey, according to The Washington Post.
Eric Trump, a Trump Organization executive and President Donald Trump’s son, confirmed several workers had been dismissed because they could not produce legal documents.
The Trump Organization has led a thorough investigation into its hires after a New York Times report in December claimed several undocumented workers were kept on as housekeepers at a property in Bedford, N.J.
“We are making a broad effort to identify any employee who has given false and fraudulent documents to unlawfully gain employment,” Eric Trump said in a statement last month. “Where identified, any individual will be terminated immediately.”
Anibal Romero, an attorney who represents several of the fired workers, told CNN that one of his clients, Juan Quintero, had worked at Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley for 18 years.
Quintero was “one of the most trusted employees of Eric Trump,” Romero said.
The laid-off employees are “material witnesses of a federal crime,” Romero claimed of the firings.
When the reports first emerged, the Trump Organization said it was unaware it had employed illegal aliens and that many employees had deliberately lied about their immigration status.
The company will now use E-Verify, an immigration electronic system, to check worker’s legal status against government documents.
The company told CNN in a statement that each property would institute “E-Verify … and will continue to take swift and appropriate action where necessary.”
The company has “initiated a comprehensive review of employee eligibility across all of our properties,” the statement read.
“Obviously, terminating one’s employment is never something we wish to do,” it continued. “Many of our employees have been with us for years and are an extension of our family. Still, after being confronted with this issue, we had no choice.”