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Undocumented immigrants who worked for Trump visit his state of union

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.

In a brief interview on Wednesday, Ms. Morales, on the advice of her wife's lawyer, said she left for work on December 4, two days before the article appeared in The Times. Lawyer Anibal Romero, however, said that neither he nor his client had received the news that she had been released. He said Ms. Morales' employment status at the golf club was not completely clear.

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.

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