The Trump Organization has fired at least 18 undocumented workers from five of its golf courses in New York and New Jersey in the past two months.
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The layoffs involve three workers at the Trump Colts Neck National Golf Club near Montrose, NJ and three other workers at the Trump National Golf Club in Pine Hill, New Jersey. Another worker was fired from the Trump Hudson Valley National Golf Club in Hopewell Junction, New York.
The layoffs followed an audit by the Trump Organization after the New York Times reported in December the case of undocumented workers in domestic jobs on its Bedminster, New Jersey property.
The report follows a Times article last week that dozens of undocumented immigrants have been fired from their jobs at Trump properties in recent months.
The reports indicate that the Trump Organization's practice of recruiting undocumented workers may have been more prevalent than previously, although Trump continues to make illegal immigration a centerpiece of his presidency.
"We are striving to identify all the employees who gave false and fraudulent documents to get a job illegally," said Eric Trump in a statement last month. "If necessary, anyone will be immediately fired."
The company said it was fooled and that employees lied about their immigration status. However, some of the migrants told The Times and the Post that the company knew they were not in possession of documents and that their documents were fake.
Former employees told the Post that the number of undocumented migrants working in Trump properties is probably higher than the dismissals reflect because many workers are employed on a seasonal basis. Although these workers are not technically licensed, they said in the mail that they did not think they would be rehired in the spring.
The Trump organization announced last week that it would start using the electronic E-Verify system to check workers' legal status against government documents.
Monitoring around the Trump organization comes as House Democrats have discussed opening investigations in the area to further investigate potential financial violations committed by Trump and his family.
Some Democrats in the House have announced that they will be calling on Tuesday workers dismissed Trump properties to the State of the Union speech.