An undocumented immigrant who has worked for years in one of President Trump's golf clubs in New Jersey and has recently commented on her experiences is invited to speak at the invitation of her Democratic congresswoman, wife's lawyer, and congressman The Union said Wednesday.
Undocumented immigrant Victorina Morales worked as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey since 2013 and spoke to The New York Times as part of an article published last month. The report revealed that the president's company – the Trump organization – spent years employing people in the golf club who were illegally in the country.
Ms. Morales from Guatemala has been advocating for rights and fair treatment of undocumented immigrants since leaving her job. On Wednesday she said she was pleased that she was invited to the state of the Union, that she accepted the invitation and that she is "very proud because I will speak out for all of us immigrants."
"I'm not afraid to show my face," she said, speaking in Spanish. "I do not speak for myself, I speak on behalf of millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States."
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman represents the New Jersey district where Ms. Morales lives. The news that Ms. Morales was invited as a guest of Mrs. Watson Coleman to the state of Union on Tuesday was reported on The Washington Post on Wednesday.
"Immigrants are by and large hardworking, trustworthy and capable people who just want to work and build a better life," said Mrs. Watson Coleman in a statement. "These people have been faithful and dedicated enough to be employees of the Trump organization for years. I hope that in his State of the Union speech, Donald Trump will finally recognize the true face of immigrants in this country – women and children fleeing violence; law-abiding, taxpayers who would do almost anything to be American. And if he can not, I've invited Victorina to look her in the eyes, to tell his lies to a familiar face.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday night.
Mr. Trump has made border security and job protection for American citizens cornerstones of his presidency, and his insistence on building a border wall has led to the recent partial closure of the government. He described illegal immigration as "a major problem" and promised to build a border wall while his government raided and settled.
The Times article, published on December 6, said undocumented immigrants had been employed for years at the Trump National Golf Club as housekeepers, landscapers and kitchen staff. She also said that they were on the payroll, although management knew she had used fake documents to secure employment, as is customary with undocumented immigrants.
Morales had previously told the Times that a manager from Bedminster had helped her receive a new fake Social Security number and proof of residency after informing her that the files had expired.
Since the publication of the article, about a dozen workers have been advocated for Those familiar with the matter could not work in the United States because they lacked legal immigration status.
Another dozen was fired at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York This development was first reported by the Washington Post.
The Trump organization also said late Tuesday that it was implementing a system to eliminate undocumented immigrants trying to get jobs in their properties.
"I have to say For me personally, this is really heartbreaking," said Eric Trump, vice president of the Trump organization, in his statement on Tuesday. "Our employees are like family members, but when presented with counterfeit documents, an employer has little choice."
He said hiring undocumented immigrants was not a problem for the Trump organization, and that "proof for our immigration system is severely broken and needs to be rectified immediately. "