Donald Trump Hotel Possibly Employing Undocumented Immigrant Workers (Report)
"The majority of us are Hispanics, many who came illegally."
The Trump International Hotel currently being built in Washington, D.C., employs undocumented immigrants as construction workers, according to a new report by the Washington Post.
The Post spoke with 15 people who are working on the Old Post Office Pavilion renovation, some of whom "quietly acknowledged that they remain in the country illegally."
Mexican mason Ivan Arellano told the Post, “It’s something ironic. The majority of us are Hispanics, many who came illegally. And we’re all here working very hard to build a better life for our families.” Arellano says he obtained legal status through marriage.
The laborers said they all often speak about Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants being drug dealers and rapists.
“Do you think that when we’re hanging out there from the eighth floor that we’re raping or selling drugs?” Ramon Alvarez, a window worker from El Salvador, told the newspaper. “We’re risking our lives and our health. A lot of the chemicals we deal with are toxic.”
Other workers are worried Trump may fire them. “He might come one day and pretty much tell us to get the heck out of here,” said Daniel Gonzalez, a sheet metal worker, also from El Salvador.
In response to the allegations the new Trump hotel employs undocumented workers, Trump Organization spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement to the Post, “Our contractors are required to have prospective employees produce documentation that establishes identity and employment eligibility in compliance with immigration law."
Hicks added that Lend Lease, the lead contractor at the site, “requires all contractors performing work at the project to follow all applicable federal, state and local laws."