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Bedminster, NJ - Trump Resort Worker: No Regrets Speaking Out About Abuse

Published on: December 8, 2018 11:00 PM
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Attorney Anibal Romero, center, joins his clients Victorina Morales, left, and Sandra Diaz, right, during an interview, Friday Dec. 7, 2018, in New York. Morales and Diaz, who recalled their experience working at President Donald Trump's golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., say they used false legal documents to get hired and supervisors knew it. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)Attorney Anibal Romero, center, joins his clients Victorina Morales, left, and Sandra Diaz, right, during an interview, Friday Dec. 7, 2018, in New York. Morales and Diaz, who recalled their experience working at President Donald Trump's golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., say they used false legal documents to get hired and supervisors knew it. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Bedminster, NJ - A Guatemalan living in the U.S. illegally who says she faced abusive working conditions as a maid at Donald Trump’s New Jersey golf club doesn’t regret speaking out, even though she might lose her job and be deported.

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Victorina Morales told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that she can’t go back to Guatemala because her family has received death threats, but that she had to stand up for other workers without legal documents at the club who have been ridiculed by a supervisor as “donkeys” and “dogs.”

“We need to come out and defend ourselves,” said 47-year-old Morales, brushing away tears. “I had enough with suffering.”

Morales, who said she has not been told definitively that she’s been fired, said that at least a dozen other workers at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster did not have legal documentation.

Morales and another cleaning woman at the club, Sandra Diaz, said that they used phony Social Security and permanent residency documents to get hired, their supervisors knew it and that many employees there also lack legal documents. They both said they worked at Trump’s house at the club cleaning his clothes and making his bed and were angered by his remarks describing immigrants in the U.S. illegally as violent.

They said his comments may have encouraged what they describe as rampant verbal abuse at the resort.

“The president says that in the places he owns he does not hire any undocumented workers. ...It is a lie,” said Diaz, 46, a native of Costa Rica who worked at the club in 2010 to 2013.

The two women’s account was first reported by The New York Times on Thursday. The Times subsequently reported that two other immigrants who worked at the club came forward Friday to say that they lived illegally in the U.S. when they hired.

The Trump Organization said in emailed statement that it has strict hiring practices and that any workers with false papers will be terminated. A spokesman for the White House did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

Morales said that a supervisor at the club helped her get phony working papers. She said another supervisor pushed her against a wall three times, told her to stop speaking Spanish and threatened her with deportation if she complained.

“Every morning I would tell myself, ‘Just ignore whatever they yell at you. I need this job,’” said Morales, a mother of three in their 20s, all living in the U.S.

Diaz said she once witnessed a manager pull the hair of a worker without legal papers.

The two women are now considering a lawsuit against the Trump Organization for workplace abuse and discrimination. Morales said she is also seeking asylum.

Trump has called for a crackdown on immigrants living in the country illegally. In addition to demanding funding for a wall on the Mexican border, his administration has stepped up workplace raids and urged companies to screen workers more carefully.

He has also funded an expansion of E-Verify, a federal database that allows employers to check electronically whether people are authorized to work in the U.S.

The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster is not on a list of employers that have registered to use E-Verify. A few other Trump properties such as Mar-a-Lago in Florida are registered.

Morales said that during Trump’s presidential campaign, hours for workers at the resort whom she thought were in the country illegally were cut. She was told she couldn’t clean Trump’s house anymore.

After Trump was elected, Morales said a manager told her she needed new Social Security and green cards showing permanent residency, and the manager helped her procure them with help from a maintenance worker.

Morales said that she witnessed the murder of her father when she was 7. Her father-in-law was also killed back home after she crossed the border into the U.S. in 1999. She said her mother-in-law called her in the U.S. to say she couldn’t come back because of death threats against the family.

For her part, Diaz said she arrived in the U.S. in 2009 and ended up staying after her visitor’s visa ran out. She said she now has legal documents to work.

The women’s lawyer, Anibal Romero, has called for federal and state investigations into what he describes as a “toxic environment” that was used to intimidate the two women, “leaving them fearful for their safety and the safety of their families.”



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 Dec 08, 2018 at 11:46 PM lazy-boy Says:

so Trump who is president and supposedly is involved in running the country is also not only supposed to know what one of his many many supervisors is doing?

come on now! this is the left Trump smearing machine running and pushing this crap....

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 12:03 AM eli845 Says:

Does this even need a comment? I know you Trump haters will jump on it, come on I dare you.... So lame of a story....

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 07:33 AM Common sense Says:

I am sure the president was in charge of the hiring process.

Illegals should be forced to register to become legal citizens and pay a huge fine or be subject to deportation.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 07:59 AM Educated Archy Says:

An attention grabber looking for some spot light fame . The other day she admitted that she was tipped well . She came here illegal and lived the good life . Re being told not to Dora's French . Guess what at corporate America we had Indian interns who
were kept on chatting very loudly in Indian . A senior exec told them when you are in this country and office please speak English . It's a normal thing to expect of any worker .

Go get your few minutes of fame like stormy . A shame you didn't hire aveneti

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 08:12 AM Educated Archy Says:

Let me address another silly issue . We have people who come on here screaming but trump is a hypocrite. I am sure qaxzc will spam this article with 20 comments under his "TRump is ...." nonsense obnoxious headlines .

But here is what you guys don't get it . I don't think too many people will tell you oh Trump is who we look up to for moral values or honesty . I mean we all heard billi bush . No one thinks that . So to yell hypocrite won't help . We know he is far from moral .

We don't care . We elected him to be a mad dog CEO and do what's best for the country . Not for his morals . And since trump wants to be the best president g-d ever created ( a quote from him ) he will do what it takes for America to win . His best interest right now is often different than his personal business interests . He'd rather be the best president . So what he did in his business is meaningless .

Got it yamsar = yoni= qaxzc.. ( a hypocrite himself )

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 10:13 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #3  
Common sense Says:

I am sure the president was in charge of the hiring process.

Illegals should be forced to register to become legal citizens and pay a huge fine or be subject to deportation.

Why would the CEO of the entire company oversee the hiring at one location. Human resources is a separate function. Even if he did know, the company should accept a fine, agree to a compliance program and move on.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 10:28 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #5  
Educated Archy Says:

Let me address another silly issue . We have people who come on here screaming but trump is a hypocrite. I am sure qaxzc will spam this article with 20 comments under his "TRump is ...." nonsense obnoxious headlines .

But here is what you guys don't get it . I don't think too many people will tell you oh Trump is who we look up to for moral values or honesty . I mean we all heard billi bush . No one thinks that . So to yell hypocrite won't help . We know he is far from moral .

We don't care . We elected him to be a mad dog CEO and do what's best for the country . Not for his morals . And since trump wants to be the best president g-d ever created ( a quote from him ) he will do what it takes for America to win . His best interest right now is often different than his personal business interests . He'd rather be the best president . So what he did in his business is meaningless .

Got it yamsar = yoni= qaxzc.. ( a hypocrite himself )

As Madison, Adam's, Truman, Lincoln, Eisenhower and Teddy Roosevelt repeatedly pointed out, a moral compass and a sense of the country's destiny and rarified place in the world is necessary to the job. It's not just being a transactional representative. It's embodying a range of values and representations a range of interests.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 10:31 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #5  
Educated Archy Says:

Let me address another silly issue . We have people who come on here screaming but trump is a hypocrite. I am sure qaxzc will spam this article with 20 comments under his "TRump is ...." nonsense obnoxious headlines .

But here is what you guys don't get it . I don't think too many people will tell you oh Trump is who we look up to for moral values or honesty . I mean we all heard billi bush . No one thinks that . So to yell hypocrite won't help . We know he is far from moral .

We don't care . We elected him to be a mad dog CEO and do what's best for the country . Not for his morals . And since trump wants to be the best president g-d ever created ( a quote from him ) he will do what it takes for America to win . His best interest right now is often different than his personal business interests . He'd rather be the best president . So what he did in his business is meaningless .

Got it yamsar = yoni= qaxzc.. ( a hypocrite himself )

You think you are being mechadesh something that others dont understand. We do. I just believe he doesn't have the requisite skill set, nuance, character, humility or depth. I don't think he will deliver what you want. Apparently, Tucker Carlson agrees.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 10:48 AM Crazykanoiy Says:

Trump rails against overseas manufacturing but produced his entire clothing line overseas.

Trump rails against illegal immigrants but they are all working at his resorts.

Trump rails against Hillary's use of private emails but Ivanka uses her private emails.

Trump yells drain the swamp yet has the swampiest administration in years.

Wake up Trump supporters you are being conned just like the many people who spent their savings on Trump University courses or invested in Trump Casinos.

Don the Con, Don the Con. Two more years and he will be gone.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 10:52 AM Anonymous Says:

A few years ago, I asked my roofer (regarding the roofing workers who were installing a new roof on my home), if his employees (Hispanics), whom he employed, were here legally. He hesitated when he told me that "his Supervisor was here legally", but hedged regarding any knowledge of the line workers, who worked under his Supervisor. In other words, what he didn't know, he didn't want to know. I'm bringing this up, because I believe that this is a problem which pervades the entire structure of not only corporate American, but thousands upon thousands of small businesses. In other words, employers are so desperate for workers, especially in the service industry, and construction industry, that they are willing to look the other way, vis-a-vis documentation of alien status, in the USA. The federal government is no different. It wasn't that long ago, that the Federal government, every January, required all aliens to register at their local post office. The latter requirement was abolished. Now, Uncle Sam doesn't have a clue, as to where and how many aliens (legal or otherwise), live in a certain area.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 10:52 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Educated Archy Says:

Let me address another silly issue . We have people who come on here screaming but trump is a hypocrite. I am sure qaxzc will spam this article with 20 comments under his "TRump is ...." nonsense obnoxious headlines .

But here is what you guys don't get it . I don't think too many people will tell you oh Trump is who we look up to for moral values or honesty . I mean we all heard billi bush . No one thinks that . So to yell hypocrite won't help . We know he is far from moral .

We don't care . We elected him to be a mad dog CEO and do what's best for the country . Not for his morals . And since trump wants to be the best president g-d ever created ( a quote from him ) he will do what it takes for America to win . His best interest right now is often different than his personal business interests . He'd rather be the best president . So what he did in his business is meaningless .

Got it yamsar = yoni= qaxzc.. ( a hypocrite himself )

"Immoral,hypocrate,maddog.." we all agree. "best for the country" Its sad not funny. The stock market is down first time in 9 years. Eight years of Obama and UP every single year. 2nd year of Trump. A disaster. First Mass murder of Jews in USA history. Gasoline is up 35%. Interest rate, Mortgages, Auto loans are up 30%. The POTUS is charged with a Federal Crime this past week. Impeachment will start in a few months. No wall, Obamacare is the Law. Not a single promise kept beside the embassy move what did NOT EFFECT A SINGLE person in the USA or Israel.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 10:58 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Educated Archy Says:

Let me address another silly issue . We have people who come on here screaming but trump is a hypocrite. I am sure qaxzc will spam this article with 20 comments under his "TRump is ...." nonsense obnoxious headlines .

But here is what you guys don't get it . I don't think too many people will tell you oh Trump is who we look up to for moral values or honesty . I mean we all heard billi bush . No one thinks that . So to yell hypocrite won't help . We know he is far from moral .

We don't care . We elected him to be a mad dog CEO and do what's best for the country . Not for his morals . And since trump wants to be the best president g-d ever created ( a quote from him ) he will do what it takes for America to win . His best interest right now is often different than his personal business interests . He'd rather be the best president . So what he did in his business is meaningless .

Got it yamsar = yoni= qaxzc.. ( a hypocrite himself )

Sat. Dec 8. John Dean (Republican) Richard Nixon's former White House Counsel: The Us Congress has enough evidence to impeach Trump.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 11:04 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Educated Archy Says:

An attention grabber looking for some spot light fame . The other day she admitted that she was tipped well . She came here illegal and lived the good life . Re being told not to Dora's French . Guess what at corporate America we had Indian interns who
were kept on chatting very loudly in Indian . A senior exec told them when you are in this country and office please speak English . It's a normal thing to expect of any worker .

Go get your few minutes of fame like stormy . A shame you didn't hire aveneti

"didn't hire aveneti" in the Meantime aveneti and STORMY is bringing down the POTUS. Just read last weeks Indictments by the Guess? Libtards?Failing NYT? wrong. The United States Department of Justice. The POTUS is commited a Federal Crime. They most likely will not prosecute him while in office (They didnt prosecute Nixon) he will have no choice but resign.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 11:09 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Educated Archy Says:

An attention grabber looking for some spot light fame . The other day she admitted that she was tipped well . She came here illegal and lived the good life . Re being told not to Dora's French . Guess what at corporate America we had Indian interns who
were kept on chatting very loudly in Indian . A senior exec told them when you are in this country and office please speak English . It's a normal thing to expect of any worker .

Go get your few minutes of fame like stormy . A shame you didn't hire aveneti

"Few minutes of fame like stormy" You must have meant the POTUS had a few minutes of f... with STORMY not like stormy. Stormy is in the News for 6 months now and she is bringing down the POTUS even before Russian collusion. Close your computer stop posting your dreams and listen to every single channel including FOX today. Friday is the first time when the POTUS himself is charged with a crime. A first in 42 years.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 12:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Crazykanoiy Says:

Trump rails against overseas manufacturing but produced his entire clothing line overseas.

Trump rails against illegal immigrants but they are all working at his resorts.

Trump rails against Hillary's use of private emails but Ivanka uses her private emails.

Trump yells drain the swamp yet has the swampiest administration in years.

Wake up Trump supporters you are being conned just like the many people who spent their savings on Trump University courses or invested in Trump Casinos.

Don the Con, Don the Con. Two more years and he will be gone.

You have a good understanding of Don the Con Artist which means you don't get for new from Fox, the Trump network. Archie will defend Trump until long after the impeachment. Donny will be long gone in less than 2 years and may be wearing an orange jumpsuit.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 12:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Phineas Says:

You think you are being mechadesh something that others dont understand. We do. I just believe he doesn't have the requisite skill set, nuance, character, humility or depth. I don't think he will deliver what you want. Apparently, Tucker Carlson agrees.

Tucker Carlson is a liberal failing NYT reporter.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 12:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Crazykanoiy Says:

Trump rails against overseas manufacturing but produced his entire clothing line overseas.

Trump rails against illegal immigrants but they are all working at his resorts.

Trump rails against Hillary's use of private emails but Ivanka uses her private emails.

Trump yells drain the swamp yet has the swampiest administration in years.

Wake up Trump supporters you are being conned just like the many people who spent their savings on Trump University courses or invested in Trump Casinos.

Don the Con, Don the Con. Two more years and he will be gone.

Two more years? are you trying to scare me. IMPEACH now.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 12:52 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #9  
Crazykanoiy Says:

Trump rails against overseas manufacturing but produced his entire clothing line overseas.

Trump rails against illegal immigrants but they are all working at his resorts.

Trump rails against Hillary's use of private emails but Ivanka uses her private emails.

Trump yells drain the swamp yet has the swampiest administration in years.

Wake up Trump supporters you are being conned just like the many people who spent their savings on Trump University courses or invested in Trump Casinos.

Don the Con, Don the Con. Two more years and he will be gone.

Trump rails against the cost of Obama's trips and then travels more expensively and charges the Secret Service for accommodation and golf carts at trump properties.

Trump rails against how often Obama played golf and then shattered the golf day record held by either Obama or Ike.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 01:37 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #7  
Phineas Says:

As Madison, Adam's, Truman, Lincoln, Eisenhower and Teddy Roosevelt repeatedly pointed out, a moral compass and a sense of the country's destiny and rarified place in the world is necessary to the job. It's not just being a transactional representative. It's embodying a range of values and representations a range of interests.

Us voters disagree with those prior presidents . I am surely not bound to their profound intellect statement . We have a tradition to vote for whatever goy will help Jews most . Achashverosh was as immoral as they get . He was a womanizer idolatrer murder and coarse stable boy . But he did us good .

Trump has already delivered . It's not a question of if .

Vote trump 2020 to keep America great

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 04:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
Educated Archy Says:

Us voters disagree with those prior presidents . I am surely not bound to their profound intellect statement . We have a tradition to vote for whatever goy will help Jews most . Achashverosh was as immoral as they get . He was a womanizer idolatrer murder and coarse stable boy . But he did us good .

Trump has already delivered . It's not a question of if .

Vote trump 2020 to keep America great

B"H Thank you for giving up on this MAGA Nazi slogan. "Keep america great sounds much better.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 04:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
Educated Archy Says:

Us voters disagree with those prior presidents . I am surely not bound to their profound intellect statement . We have a tradition to vote for whatever goy will help Jews most . Achashverosh was as immoral as they get . He was a womanizer idolatrer murder and coarse stable boy . But he did us good .

Trump has already delivered . It's not a question of if .

Vote trump 2020 to keep America great

"We" means All Jews or the REAL Jews? The Real Jews voted for Bush I. we all know how that turned out. The all voted for the Frumm Jewish Lieberman against Bush II. Wrong again. They all voted for McCain whom they curse here for years. TRUMP? Time will tell. All the regular plane jews voted Democrat all the time.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 05:18 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #15  
Educated Archy Says:

Us voters disagree with those prior presidents . I am surely not bound to their profound intellect statement . We have a tradition to vote for whatever goy will help Jews most . Achashverosh was as immoral as they get . He was a womanizer idolatrer murder and coarse stable boy . But he did us good .

Trump has already delivered . It's not a question of if .

Vote trump 2020 to keep America great

If you believe he delivered., that's fine
I dont beleive so at all and that his poor performance will have negative effects on this country and , by extension, on American Jews.

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 05:20 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #15  
Educated Archy Says:

Us voters disagree with those prior presidents . I am surely not bound to their profound intellect statement . We have a tradition to vote for whatever goy will help Jews most . Achashverosh was as immoral as they get . He was a womanizer idolatrer murder and coarse stable boy . But he did us good .

Trump has already delivered . It's not a question of if .

Vote trump 2020 to keep America great

What kind of dimyon is that? We needed a neis and intermarriage to prevent achashveirosh from annihilating us.

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