The firing of undocumented workers at properties owned by President Donald Trump has spread to at least five of his golf courses since The New York Times first reported on the issue in December, according to The Washington Post.
To date, The Post is aware of at least 18 undocumented employees released by the Trump Organization from golf courses in New York and New Jersey.
Eric Trump, the president’s son, confirmed the firings to The Washington Post on Monday. Those dismissed included three undocumented workers at the Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck near Montrose, N.J., and three more at the Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia in Pine Hill, N.J.
Another was dismissed from Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Eric Trump said. Eric and his brother, Donald Trump Jr., have day-to-day control of the Trump Organization.
The Post said this wave of firings raise questions about the extent to which the Trump Organization has relied on undocumented workers to fill positions, particularly as Trump himself has taken such a hardline approach to immigration and insists the country needs a wall on the border with Mexico.
Former employees say the number of undocumented workers employed at these courses is probably larger than the firings reflect because labor is seasonal at many golf courses. Maintenance and other employees often leave their jobs in late fall and return when the courses reopen in the spring, leaving only a fraction of employees to work through the winter.