A human resources worker at Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey removed the names of undocumented immigrant employees off a list of kitchen staff due to be screened by the Secret Service, a former employee at the elite club told the New York Times.
Emma Torres, a former kitchen employee from Ecuador, said she was not legally documented to live in the United States and that her name and the names of other undocumented workers were removed from the list turned over to the Secret Service in 2016 as Donald Trump was running for president, the newspaper’s report said.
“A lawyer representing the women has met with investigators from the New Jersey attorney general’s office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, presenting what he said was evidence that managers at the golf club knew that some workers were in the country illegally, and that at least one supervisor helped an employee obtain forged working documents,” The Times explained.
Torres admits to using a fake Social Security number when she applied for the job.
“When I learned this is for the Secret Service to see the records of everyone because they are giving protection to Mr. Trump, I rushed to human resources,” Torres told The Times. “I thought, God, what will I do?”
The human resources worker said, “‘It’s O.K. No problem,'” Torres told the New York Times. “She scratched me off the list.”
Torres said she then cooperated with the supervisor’s request to identify other kitchen workers who were also undocumented. The workers remained on the staff.
Torres said she quit her $14.50-an-hour kitchen job in 2017 after finding another job.
The New York Times reported in December that the maid who made Trump’s bed and did his laundry at the golf club was an undocumented immigrant, along with a former housekeeper at the club.
Three additional employees have since come forward to say they are also undocumented. All the employees claim that management at the club knew about their immigration status.
In December, The Washington Post reported that the FBI was investigating whether supervisors at the Trump National Golf Club handed out fake green cards and Social Security numbers to the undocumented workers.
Anibal Romero, an immigration attorney representing the former employees, said he has spoken to investigators from the attorney general’s office and has turned over documents to the FBI, including fake working documents that Trump’s former maid said her supervisor at the golf club helped her obtain.