One of Trump's golf clubs just fired a dozen undocumented workers after years of service

Trump speaks at his Westchester golf club
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Starting on the morning of Jan. 18, President Trump's golf club in Westchester County, New York, began firing about a dozen employees who didn't have valid legal documents to work in the U.S., The Washington Post reports. Many were former employees of the month, they had worked there as long as 18 years, and "some were trusted enough to hold the keys to Eric Trump's weekend home," the Post says. "They were experienced enough to know that, when Donald Trump ordered chicken wings, they were to serve him two orders on one plate."

Donald Trump owns his company's 16 golf courses and 11 hotels around the world, along with other assets, but he has given over day-to-day control to his sons Eric and Donald Jr. In a statement to the Post, Eric Trump said the company is "making a broad effort to identify any employee who has given false and fraudulent documents to unlawfully gain employment. Where identified, any individual will be terminated immediately." This is one reason "my father is fighting so hard for immigration reform," he added. "The system is broken."

The crackdown appears to have started after The New York Times reported about undocumented workers at Trump's golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The Westchester club doesn't appear in the federal list of participants in the E-Verify system employees use to confirm the legal status of workers, the Post notes. And the fired workers said management knew they were working without papers. In 2008, a Trump club accountant told Mexican employee Jesus Lima that she couldn't accept his forged documents and "go back and tell them to do a better job," Lima said. Former managers told the Post that there was a "don't ask, don't tell" policy at the club and they were told to "get the cheapest labor possible." You can read more at The Washington Post.

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