Victorina Morales, a cleaner who spent years working at one of President Donald Trump’s golf clubs, risked deportation by outing herself as an undocumented worker to the New York Times in December – but now she’s asking Congress for protection.
Along with three other former club workers, Morales arrived in Washington this week to meet with lawmakers, who they hope will launch an investigation into Trump Organization hiring practices and shield them from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security.
The group met Tuesday with New Jersey Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez.
Menendez said after the meeting that he’d “raise concerns” with federal agencies about ensuring their status is not affected “negatively.”
“[The workers] really speak volumes about the hypocrisy of the president who rails against immigrants but uses their labor and does so in a way, and an in an environment, as I understand it, that was hostile to them and threatening to them,” Menendez said in remarks to reporters Tuesday.