Lawyer representing immigrants says Trump’s New Jersey club supplied fake green cards, Social Security numbers
New Jersey investigators and the FBI have obtained fake green cards given to undocumented workers by managers at President Trump’s National Golf Club in Bedminster, an attorney for the workers told the Washington Post.
Anibal Romero, a New Jersey lawyer representing five undocumented immigrants who say they worked at the golf club, told the Post that he turned over fake green cards and Social Security numbers that supervisors at the club allegedly gave at least one of his clients to the FBI and the New Jersey state attorney general’s office. Neither the FBI or the attorney general’s office would confirm or deny the investigation, according to the New York Daily News.
Romero said he first contacted special counsel Robert Mueller in October about the employees’ allegations. The FBI called him several weeks later.
“The agent told me that he had received a referral from Robert Mueller’s office and that he had been briefed on the case and he wanted to meet with me in person,” Romero said.
Romero said Trump’s golf club didn’t just hire undocumented employees as the president ratcheted up his anti-immigrant rhetoric but that they actively “recruited” undocumented workers, such as his client Victorina Morales.
“The important point that I think has been left out is that Americans think these hard-working women get these jobs on their own — that’s not what happened,” Romero said. “People employed by the golf club recruited her and made her the phony documents.”
Morales told the Post that she decided to publicly come forward despite the risk of deportation to expose Trump’s “hypocrisy.”
Morales first publicly spoke out in an interview with the New York Times earlier this month because she said she was “tired of the abuse” from the president.