The entrance to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Ten Democratic congressional members on Wednesday sent a letter to FBI director Christopher Wray, asking for an investigation into the Trump organization after revealing that undocumented workers were employed at the golf clubs of the United States. society.
"We are writing to request a thorough federal inquiry into troubling allegations by former Trump Organization employees who demonstrate potential civil and criminal law violations by the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York. , and Bedminster, New Jersey, "said the president. letter reads
The Trump Organization said that workers identified as undocumented are no longer employed and that executives did not know that undocumented workers were on the payroll – although several workers said their officers knew their status and helped them to falsify documents.
Information on recruiting from the president's clubs was published just before he was forced to close the border wall for a month to limit immigration beyond the southern border.
"The number of immigrants claiming to have been illegally employed by the Trump Organization has increased to more than 20 people and raises serious criminal activity problems and numerous labor law violations at the Trump Golf Club in the United States." Westchester, New York, and Bedminster, New Jersey counties – including conspiracy charges, forensic searches, and forced or forced labor, "the letter reads.
Neither the FBI nor the Trump organization immediately responded to a request for comment.
Legislators have also expressed concern over reprisals against individual workers who have come forward.
"In addition, we demand that victims of alleged criminal and civil violations be protected as witnesses and material victims.If the Department of Homeland Security expels any of these workers, this would be an obstacle to justice. "
Former undocumented Trump workers met with lawmakers last month at Capitol Hill to urge them to open an investigation into the hiring practices of the Trump Organization and to protect them from deportation.
Two of the workers – Victorina Morales and Sandra Diaz, who are now legal American residents – were invited to Union State last week, at the invitation of representatives Jimmy Gomez and Bonnie Watson Coleman. Both lawmakers signed the letter, as well as representatives Raul Grijalva and Tom Malinowski, whose district includes Bedminster.
The golf clubs of Trump, New Jersey and New York, had not participated in the federal E-Verify system, designed to help employers confirm that candidates are legally licensed in the United States.
The Trump Organization said in a statement to CNN earlier this month that the company would institute E-Verify "on all the sites concerned and that it would continue to take the measures that are required, if any ".
Anibal Romero, a lawyer from New Jersey, representing 25 undocumented workers during their career at Trump's golf clubs, told CNN on Wednesday that he had welcomed a survey by FBI.
"Many workers got a valid visitor visa and had no problem finding a job because the management decided that it was convenient for them to engage in the hand -d "cheap artwork," said Romero.