The Trump organization said late Tuesday that it is implementing a system to sing out undocumented immigrants trying to get jobs in their properties. The move followed reports in the New York Times last month that the president's company employed people who were illegally present at its flagship golf club in New Jersey.
"We are actively aligning this process throughout our country with real estate and will introduce E-Verify to every property that does not currently use this system," said Eric Trump, an executive vice president of the company, in a statement , "As a company, we take this commitment very seriously and will take appropriate action in a situation where an employee has submitted false and fraudulent records."
All federal contractors must use E-Verify, and at least some private and public employers are required to do so in 22 states. The federal E-Verify database suggested that the Trump organization did not apply enhanced review procedures on employment documents at several of its properties, meaning that the chances of employing undocumented persons were high.
The New York Times reported that this was the case in December. Undocumented immigrants were employed at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey for years as housekeepers, landscapers and kitchen staff.
They were on the payroll, though management knew that they had used fake documents to secure employment, as is common among undocumented immigrants.
Victorina Morales, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, said a Bedminster manager helped her get a new fake Social Security number and a valid residency card after she was told that the people on file had expired.
Since the articles were published, about a dozen workers were considered unable to work in the United States because they were. According to the Bedminster Club, the status of legal immigration had not been clarified, according to people working with are familiar with the matter.
Earlier this month, another dozen were fired at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester a development first reported by the Washington Post
"I have to say, for me personally, it's all really heartbreaking." Mr. Trump said in the statement on Tuesday. "Our employees are like a family, but if you submit fake documents to them, an employer has little choice."
He said hiring undocumented immigrants was not a problem for the Trump organization, and that this "shows that our immigration system is seriously broken and needs to be rectified immediately. & # 39; & # 39;
The Trump organization said last month that they would immediately terminate those who are not allowed to work in the United States. But he did not answer for several weeks on the question of what action was taken to correct the situation.
President Trump has made border security and job protection for Americans cornerstones of his presidency, on the frontier wall he promised to build. Recently, there has been a partial government deadlock on the workplace raids and payrolls that its administration has been conducting.
Mr. Trump launched his offer for the G.O.P. Presidential nomination in June 2015 declaring that the United States had become a "dumping ground for the problems of everyone else". "You are a rapist. I suppose some are good people, "he said.
Speaking in Arizona shortly thereafter, he considered illegal immigration a" serious problem in this country "and vowed to build a wall on the southwestern border. [19659003InAugust2015MrTrumptoldtheTimesthathiscompaniesonlyemployedemployeeswithlegalworkrecords
When the Trump International Hotel started its operations in Washington, the president boasted that he had used E-Verify to ensure this
"We did not have an illegal immigrant," said Trump.
About 11 million undocumented people live in the United States and about eight million According to the Pew Research Center, an impartial think tank, Some of them are gainfully employed, it is an open secret that many companies, especially in the service sector gate, they deal.
To prevent illegal attitudes, Immigration and Customs enforces enterprise enforcement audits after spending tens of millions of dollars in administrative and criminal cases employing undocumented workers since the early 2000s. These reviews have intensified under the Trump administration.
From October 1, 2017 to July 20, 2018, ICE opened 6,093 job investigations and carried out 675 criminal and 984 administrative arrests of jobs, several times throughout the 2017 fiscal year, from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.
Employers who use E-Verify claim that they have difficulty in getting enough workers to do light, physically heavy work. The vast majority of businesses require applicants to simply fill out a federal form, I-9, and present an ID card and social security that they believe to be genuine.