An illegal alien worker terminated from the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, will attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Victorina Morales, who was let go from the golf club after publically revealing her immigration status, will be the guest of Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), the lawmaker’s office confirmed to the Post.
In December, the New York Times first reported that Morales, a Guatemalan national who crossed the U.S. border illegally in 1999, worked as a maid at the club as an undocumented worker. She claimed to have made the president’s bed, cleaned his bathroom, and dusted his golf trophies.
This week, Morales and three others former club employees met with Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez on Capitol Hill seeking protection from deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “[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 told reporters Tuesday.
Several former Trump Organization employees, including Morales, have claimed the company hasn’t always been on top of checking the immigration status of its applicants.
In an emailed statement, the Trump Organization said the company has strict hiring practices and terminates all employees who are found to be ineligible to work in the U.S.
“We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices. If any employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately,” Amanda Miller, a company spokeswoman, said. “We take this issue very seriously. This is one of the reasons my father is fighting so hard for immigration reform. The system is broken.”