Hispanic Caucus Calls for Investigation Into Trump Org Hiring of Undocumented Workers
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is calling on the Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General and the FBI to investigate the Trump Organization’s practices of hiring and mistreatment of undocumented workers. The lawmakers’ request -- which was led by CHC Chair Joaquín Castro (D-TX) and signed by Representatives Rubén Gallego (D-AZ), Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), and Verónica Escobar (D-TX) -- followed a meeting between its members and three former employees of the Trump Organization, whose employment was terminated earlier this year after they publicly disclosed that they were illegally and knowingly employed by the entity when they didn’t have proper immigration status while working for Trump Golf Clubs. “Some of the undocumented workers have stated that the Trump Organization helped them procure the fraudulent documents. Further, many of these workers have described a hostile work environment, including a culture of coercion, mistreatment, and instances of physical abuse,” the lawmakers wrote. There have been multiple reports that the Trump Organization had relied for years on unauthorized workers at its golf courses in New York and New Jersey, as well as for personal jobs for Donald Trump’s sons. The caucus says that the number of formerly undocumented Trump Organization workers is higher than the 30 individuals reported and that many are too scared to step forward. “This is clear evidence that the hiring of undocumented immigrants was not a one-time oversight but that this was done methodically and with a deliberate violation of the law,” they write. Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) and Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) had both previously sent letters calling for investigations, and their requests were ignored. The CHC also called on DHS to protect the victims and witnesses of the alleged criminal and civil violations as material witnesses and victims. The Caucus warned that any enforcement action against these employees could be an obstruction of justice. More here.