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An Undocumented Housekeeper At Trump’s New Jersey Golf Club Is Speaking Out Against Mistreatment

The president who condemns the employment of undocumented immigrants apparently has a few on his payroll.

In an interview with the New York Times, Victorina Morales, an unauthorized housekeeper working at President Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, opened up about her status as well as her alleged mistreatment at the club and her personal hurt over Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric.

According to Morales, 45, despite Trump building his 2016 presidential campaign against illegal immigration, including the employment of undocumented immigrants, she has worked for him for the last five years, even being trusted to make the president’s bed and iron his clothes.

The woman, who illegally entered the U.S. from Guatemala in 1999, said she was hired at the property in 2013 using phony documents that were apparently evident to her employer. According to Morales, managers at Trump’s club helped her evade detection as an undocumented worker, with a staffer driving her to work because she could not legally obtain a driver’s license and a supervisor directing her to another employee who could help her secure new fake documents after a problem was found with the original ones.

The report is embarrassing for a president who, during his campaign, called for the expansion of E-Verify, an online tool by the federal government that checks whether employees are legally eligible to work.

“I’m using E-Verify on just about every job,” Trump told MSNBC host Chris Matthews in March 2016. “I’m using E-Verify, and I’ll tell you, it works.”

That same year, during a speech in Arizona, Trump proposed a national E-Verify mandate, requiring all employers to use the program to avoid hiring undocumented workers.

“We will ensure that E-Verify is used to the fullest extent possible under existing law, and we will work with Congress to strengthen and expand its use across the country,” he said during the speech.

Since taking office, however, the president hasn’t prioritized the program. In fact, Morales’ account indicates that he doesn’t really emphasize it in his own businesses, either.

According to a search by the Washington Post of the federal government’s database of employers using E-Verify, only the president’s golf courses in North Carolina and Doral, Fla., his Mar-a-Lago resort and his hotels in Washington and Chicago use the program.

“We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices,” Trump Organization spokeswoman Amanda Miller told the Washington Post in an email. “If any employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately.”

Risking the loss of her job and deportation, Morales, who says she is not the only undocumented worker at her club, opened up about her status to highlight the hypocrisy of a president she said she feels wronged by.

“We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money,” she told the New York Times. “We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation.”

She also alleges she has experienced “physical abuse” by her direct supervisor on three occasions.

Morales, who says she has not been fired or heard from her employer since the article ran last week, has filed an asylum claim after her family in Guatemala was threatened and her father-in-law was fatally hacked in a machete assault.

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

A 9-year-old U.S. citizen was separated from her mother for 36 hours after agents at the border accused her of lying about her citizenship.

Like thousands of students in our country, Julia Isabel Amparo Medina’s daily commute requires her to cross the U.S. border.

The fourth-grade student attends Nicoloff Elementary School in San Ysidro, California and was in a carpool to school from her home in Tijuana when she ran into traffic. Medina, was commuting to school in a car driven by her mother’s friend Michelle Cardena, Cardena’s two children and her own older 14-year-old brother, Oscar. When the long line to get into the U.S. seemed to be jampacked upon their 4 a.m arrival, Cardenas instructed the kids in her car to walk to the border. She assured them that when they reached it, she would call them an Uber to get them the rest of the way to their school.

But Medina and her never made it across the border or to school that day.

According to the New York Times who talked to a Customs and Border Protection spokesman, two Amparo and her brother arrived at one of the San Ysidro port of entry facilities for pedestrians at 10:15 a.m. last Monday.

Upon their arrival, Amparo and her brother presented their U.S. passports to a CBP officer who soon accused her of being someone else. Note: Amparo’s passport image which was taken years before so she did not look exactly like herself. They also accused her brother of smuggling.

A CBP spokesperson has said that Amparo “provided inconsistent information during her inspection, and CBP officers took the 9-year-old into custody to perform due diligence in confirming her identity and citizenship.”

After CBP officers the confirmed that her brother was a U.S. citizen, he was permitted to enter the U.S while his sister stayed behind. It wasn’t until 6:30 pm on Tuesday, that Amparo was confirmed to be a U.S. citizen as well and was released and admitted to the U.S. to her mother.

Speaking to NBC7, Amparo said she was “scared” of her detention and that she was “sad because I didn’t have my mom or my brother. I was completely by myself.”

According to Amparo’s mother Thelma Galaxia, her daughter claims that she was told by an officer that she and her brother would be released if she admitted to being her cousin. Galaxia claims that officers also convinced her son Oscar to sign a document that Amparo was his cousin and not his sister.

When Galaxia was alerted that her children had been detained she contacted the Mexican consulate.

After being notified by the consulate that her daughter would be released at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. While the family felt relieved to be grateful to be reunited with their daughter, Galaxia says the separation should never have happened.

Over the weekend, Twitter was swift to express their outrage over the incident.

Some even expressed their dismay of having a similar situation happen to them.

Many are using the incident as an example of the racial issues plaguing so many U.S. citizens like Amparo.

So many of the comments included outside opinions from those who have yet to experience the direct targetting of ICE.

Over all, nearly everyone was quick to point out the saddest aspect of Amparo’s experience.

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When This Man At Walmart Told A Latina To Leave The US, She Told Him “This Is My Country, Too”

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When This Man At Walmart Told A Latina To Leave The US, She Told Him “This Is My Country, Too”

Another day, another Latina’s shopping experience ending in Donald Trump-inspired xenophobia.

On Friday, while Dulce Nereyda, her daughter and mother were looking for baby shower gifts at an Arizona Walmart, they were interrupted by a bearded white man who didn’t like that she and her mom were speaking to each other in Spanish.

The Mexican-American woman, who didn’t get the entire encounter on camera, shared what she was able to record from the frightening verbal assault on Facebook.

“This ⬇️ man starts yelling, ‘I can’t wait until Trump does away with you all!’ I was like, ‘Excuse me.’ He yelled ‘Leave, just leave. YOU DON’T BELONG HERE!’ All because I was speaking Spanish to my mom,” she wrote of the unnamed man.

Dulce was stunned by the sudden display of racism and was unsure what to do. After seeing her daughter’s face, she felt like she couldn’t remain quiet, pulling out her phone to record the man harassing her and reminding him that she, too, belonged in the country.

So it really F*** happened ????????!!! As my Beautiful mommi, JORDAN, and I are shopping for Beto Ramos baby shower tomorrow at Walmart on Huntington. This ⬇️ man starts yelling " I can't wait until Trump does away with you all!" I was like excuse me. He yelled "Leave just leave YOU DON'T BELONG HERE!" All because I was speaking Spanish to my mom. I was so caught off guard that I didn't even know what to do. I always thought what would I ever do if that happened to me or my mom and it did. I felt scared at first and then I saw the look on my baby girls face ????????????. So if you know me I couldn't just leave it like that. I WANT TO EXPOSE THIS MAN FOR THE RACIST HE IS! And I assured my little Queen that this is her home and WE DO BELONG HERE????????????????!!!

Posted by Dulce Nereyda on Friday, March 15, 2019

“So do you want to tell me to get out again? Because this is my country, too,” she said as the camera faced the man.

While the man initially ignored her, it didn’t take long for him to continue with his bigoted, pro-Trump rant, saying, “I wish you guys would leave, and I can’t wait till we build the wall.”  

Making no indication that she had any intentions on leaving her country, Dulce once more asserted that she is American and that English is not the official language of the United States.

She says she posted the encounter on Facebook to both expose the man for the “racist he is” and also send an important message to her daughter.

“I assured my little queen that this is her home and we do belong,” she said.

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