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Undocumented housekeeper who works at a Trump golf club speaks out against him: 'We are tired of the abuse'

An undocumented immigrant who makes President Trump's bed at one of his golf clubs is speaking out against him.

Victorina Morales told The New York Times she began working at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey in 2013, 14 years after entering the United States illegally. Another woman, Sandra Diaz, says she too was hired at the same club when she was undocumented, although she has since become a legal resident.

Both women say they used fake documents during the hiring process but that supervisors were aware that they were undocumented. And they say they're not the only ones. "There are many people without papers," Diaz said of the club's staff. Morales also said that her supervisor would sometimes demean employees as being "stupid illegal immigrants" who are less intelligent than dogs.

Morales and Diaz both said they have interacted with Trump directly a number of times, describing him as a good tipper but "extremely meticulous" to the point that he once closely inspected the edges of frames for dust. In one instance, Diaz told the Times that she saw Trump have an "outburst" over orange stains on his white shirt, which were "remnants of his makeup."

Diaz quit in 2013, but Morales still works at the club, although she doesn't expect to much longer. She says that employees there have grown disturbed by the way Trump has spoken about immigrants, and that's why she has chosen to speak up. “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 explained. Read more at The New York Times.