the Washington Post found workers from Santa Teresa de Cajon in Costa Rica, claiming that they and their neighbors were part of a "pipeline" going from Central America to Trump's properties in New Jersey and elsewhere, where they worked in construction, grounds maintenance and cleaning, with full knowledge of their supervisors and Trump Organization officials (a claim verified by a police report detailing a warning from local officials to chiefs Trump Organization regarding the number of undocumented workers on Trump's property).

The workers claim to have received about 20% of the local wage for their work and that their status as undocumented was a weapon against them: Trump leaders refused basic clothing like raincoats for outdoor workers during the storms, They set mower speeds so high that the workers had to run for hours and, of course, refused them the usual necessities of the workplace, such as health care, sick leave, and so on. They describe being verbally abused and threatened by their superiors.

La Poste also collects information and first-hand accounts from other workers in Central and South America who were working illegally on Trump's properties, claiming that the Trump Bedminster golf course in New Jersey called "Summer White House ", was built by undocumented migrants. immigrants.

The Trump organization does not belong to E-Verify, a system to check the immigration status of workers (Trump falsely claimed to have used the system, but now admits that it does not does not and has promised to start by proposing to make it mandatory for other employers); nor have they used its predecessors, made available to employers since 1997 (other golf course owners use the system).

Costa Rican workers say that while construction was taking place on the Trump property in Bedminster, New Jersey, their managers encouraged them to recruit friends and relatives from Costa Rica, and that The same managers joked by presenting poor quality dummy identity cards and worker names and other details.

Trump and his family repeatedly insisted that they personally oversaw all the details of the construction, equipment, and operation of the companies that bear their name. In 2011 (shortly after the completion of the Bedminster project), Eric Trump appeared in a promotional video in which he denied the fact that Trump was the face of the operation. He continued: "We design every tee, every fairway, we choose the rugs We choose the chandeliers, there is not one element of these clubs that we do not know, you call it, we are involved."

"It was a rake, a rake, a rake, all day," Zuñiga said.

They sowed, watered, mowed, built sand pits, drove bulldozers, mini-excavators and loaders – while earning about $ 10 an hour or less, they said.

At about the same time, a licensed heavy equipment operator in central New Jersey would have averaged between $ 51 and $ 55 per hour in wages and benefits, according to union officials at Local 825. the International Union of Operating Engineers, in the nearby town of Springfield.

As the golf course took shape, more hands were needed. The bosses told Zuñiga and his friends to bring in workers. The city of Santa Teresa responded to the call.

Mariano Quesada, one of the first greenskeepers of the village club, has rented a duplex in Bound Brook to several other Costa Ricans. His wife, Angela, said that she would wake up before dawn to prepare breakfasts and lunches for up to 22 people among Bedminster's maintenance staff.

The workers came not only from Santa Teresa de Cajon, but also from other parts of Costa Rica and Latin America. Shortly after, many of them were working on the route – more than 100, according to workers' estimates – that Zuñiga's cousin started charging workers for trips to Bedminster. He had two vans in circulation morning and evening. When that was not enough, he bought a used school bus, said Zuñiga.

"For me, moving to the United States has not been a drastic change," said Mauricio Garro, 36, who worked for five years in the golf course maintenance up to his return to Santa Teresa in 2010. "All my city practically lived there. "

To get a job at Trump National, Costa Ricans – as well as Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Mexicans employed by the club – would buy fake green cards and social security numbers in Bound Brook and nearby towns.

"My whole city has practically lived there": from Costa Rica to New Jersey, a pipeline of illegal workers for Trump dates back to [Joshua Partlow, Nick Miroff and David A. Fahrenthold/Washington Post]

(via naked capitalism)