The Trump Organization has relied on Latin American employees to build stone and water features at eight properties for the last two decades, regardless of their immigration status, according to The Washington Post.
President Trump’s construction company, Mobile Payroll Construction LLC, has attracted attention through Trump’s consistent messaging about illegal immigration.
President Donald Trump denied any knowledge of his firm’s use of undocumented labor:
“Well, that I don’t know. Because I don’t run [Trump Org.].But I would say this: Probably every club in the United States has that, because it seems to me, from what I understand, a way that people did business.”
Trump’s construction crew was originally managed by Frank Sanzo, an Italian American stonemason from Yonkers who met Trump in the late 1990s. Sanzo had been hired by Trump to oversee a crew of immigrants working on his country club in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. One immigrant, Edmundo Morocho, recalled that Sanzo had instructed the crew to buy fake Social Security numbers and green cards in New York for Trump Organization filing purposes.
By hiring workers without legal status, the Trump organization held an advantage over its competitors. Undocumented immigrants are less likely to complain if treated poorly and less likely to risk changing jobs.
Alan Seidman, who heads an association of construction contractors in New York’s Hudson Valley, said, “Nobody’s going to go and complain and say, ‘He’s not providing me with health insurance. He’s not providing me with this or that.’ They stay below the radar.”
A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization said that it would be utilizing E-Verify, a voluntary federal program that allows employers to check the immigration status of new hires. At least 18 people have been fired from the organization’s golf courses.