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By Kate Snow and Tim Stelloh
Two former workers of the golf club of President Donald Trump of Westchester County, New York, said they believe people on the The highest levels of the USA Club knew that they hired workers who lived illegally in the United States. They also said that they believe Trump must have known.
Twelve people who lived illegally in the country and worked at the Trump National Golf Club were released earlier this month. The workers were interviewed by NBC News and their lawyer said Sunday.
The New York club was first reported by the Washington Post.
A long-time maintenance worker at Trump's Westchester Club, Gabriel Sedano, was among nine former employees interviewed by NBC News. He said he was the first in the group to find out that he no longer had a job.
Sedano said a club manager told him on January 1
During the meeting, Sedano was recalled, asking if he was legal in the United States.
"I told them no, so … after that they say the company can not hold you there," he said. "I'm crying because I told them – I've been working so long."
"The only thing I did wrong was work, work and work," he added.
After the meeting, Sedano met with other workers in the club's laundry room and told them about it , what happened.
"Everybody was somehow scared and upset," he said. "Some of them [were] are crying."
Sedano, who illegally entered the United States with his family in 2003, said it was easy to find work with Trump two years later. The club badly needed employees, he said, believing that managers did not thoroughly review the fraudulent social security and green cards that he and other employees provided. It is illegal for workers to submit false documents.
Trump, he added, "must have known" that his clubs had hired them. It is illegal for workers to submit false documents.
Although Sedano had considered the President respectable – he said Trump had tipped him a $ 200 tip once when cleaning the railings of the club – he said he was offended by how the president dared to undocumented it To designate immigrants on the campaign trail and in speeches as criminals or worse.
And He said he was expecting something to happen since the news was announced last month that the Trump Organization – the holding company for the hundreds of presidential affairs – appears to be operating in his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Immigrants without papers employed.
At least one former employee told NBC News that a manager allegedly helped her get forged legal documents. Several other employees said they could receive fake legal documents from friends in their community to introduce to club managers.
"We knew this would come," said Sedano.
Another employee, Margarita Cruz, was notified by phone on January 18, she was released. She recorded the call, and in an audio clip received from NBC News, a manager is heard telling her, "The club must end its employment relationship with you today."
In a Sunday statement, Eric Trump, who was with Donald Trump Jr., took over the management of her father's business two years ago – said the Trump organization has "very strict" hiring practices for its "tens of thousands of employees ".
"If an employee tries to break the law with false documents, they will be stopped immediately," he said. "We take this issue very seriously, which is one of the reasons why my father is fighting so hard for the immigration reform The system is broken. "
Labor Prosecutor Anibal Romero said he had asked the federal authorities to review the recruitment practices of the Westchester Club, and he took the workers to Washington on Sunday to meet with Congressional Democrats.