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Workers from Trump Organization golf clubs in New York and New Jersey have made it clear in interviews — and meetings with lawmakers in Washington — that the Trump Organization has engaged in a multi-state criminal conspiracy that stretches back decades. Undocumented employees say supervisors helped undocumented workers procure false documents to conceal their status and that undocumented workers were compensated differently — and worse — than other employees. The potential criminal charges against the Trump Organization include trafficking, conspiracy, false document procurement, and forced or coerced labor. The Trump Organization could also be exposed to additional tax, labor, and civil liabilities if the allegations are investigated and found to be true.
A summary of the potential criminal and civil violations is below.
According to David Leopold, Counsel to DHS Watch, Chair of Immigration at Ulmer & Berne and former President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association:
The Trump Presidency is founded on his outrage over immigrant workers, yet his company is knowingly exploiting and trafficking in immigrant workers for profit. The pattern of behavior is criminal and the hypocrisy from Trump is unfathomable.
Eric Trump, the Trump Organization, and the White House are scrambling to deny, deflect and distract the press in the face of the powerful and compelling stories of the workers. But the reality is pretty stark, workers who are eyewitnesses to the Trump Organization’s multi-state criminal conspiracy are making their voices heard and lawmakers are listening.
Potential Violations of Criminal and Civil Statutes:
The allegations include procurement of false documents and allegations of mistreatment that included physical abuse. This brings the number of immigrants alleging illegal employment practices at more than 20, raising serious questions of criminal activity and prohibited employment practices at the Trump Golf Club in Westchester County N.Y. and Bedminster, New Jersey. Anibal Romero, who represents over 15 former Trump Golf Club workers, has called for “thorough federal and state investigations into the alleged criminal and civil violations of law.”