Reports of Trump being a lying hypocrite are so much a daily occurrence now that they are the proverbial “dog bites man” story, but they are still worth documenting lest we become complacent about it. The latest is that one of his golf resorts in New Jersey provided fake green cards and immigration papers to undocumented immigrants who worked there.
Federal and state investigators are scrutinizing the employment documents of immigrants without legal status who say they worked at President Trump’s golf club in New Jersey, according to their attorney.
Anibal Romero, a Newark attorney who represents five undocumented immigrants who say they worked at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, said in an interview Saturday that he met with investigators from the New Jersey state attorney general’s office and two FBI agents in November, before the workers began to go public with their stories.Romero said he turned over fake green cards and Social Security numbers that supervisors at the golf club allegedly gave one of his clients, Victorina Morales, a 44-year-old Guatemalan national. He also gave investigators the pay stubs of Sandra Diaz, a 46-year-old Costa Rican native who now has legal status but said she was undocumented when she worked at the club for three years.
This is hardly a surprise. The restaurant and hospitality industries do this sort of thing as a matter of routine and have for as long as anyone can remember. Nor is it a surprise that Trump would engage in it despite his anti-immigrant rhetoric. That is par for the course for Trump, to say one thing and do another. His economic populism has always been a lie. He rails against American companies that have their products made in China and Mexico, yet virtually every product he sells is made in those two countries (and others). He rails against visas to hire foreign workers rather than giving those jobs to Americans, but his own resorts ask for dozens of such visas every year. There is no subject, as near as I can tell, on which he is not a blatant hypocrite.