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7 Undocumented Workers Were Fired From A Virginia Trump Winery After The Harvest Was Over

In 2018, vineyards in Virginia had an unfortunate season. The area experienced too much rain. Local winemakers called it the “toughest” season in the past two decades and that the harsh weather made it, so they produced less wine because so many grapes were lost. This season, however — because climate change has brought forth such unpredictable weather forecasts —  Virginia vineyards had a very successful season. With such a positive harvest, one would assume that vineyard workers would get some kind of bonus. Instead, they got fired.

Seven undocumented employees that worked at a Trump Virginia winery were fired before the end of the year because they were not U.S. citizens. 

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The Washington Post reports that the firing came at the end of December, before the start of 2020, which is odd timing considering other undocumented employees at other Trump properties almost a year ago. 

Back at the start of 2019, undocumented employees that worked at a Trump golf course in New Jersey were fired for lack of documentation to work in the U.S. So far, most of the workers that were fired back then said that the higher-ups, including President Donald Trump and his children who own the properties, were aware that they had undocumented workers on their payroll. Even then, the firings were odd, considering the president has been on an anti-immigrant, anti-Latino, and anti-undocumented agenda since before his election. Yet all of the firings, even the most recent ones, seem to come when it’s most convenient for the company. 

The undocumented workers were fired at the end of the harvest season when they had completed their work on the vineyard. 

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Workers told the Washington Post that while they had anxiety about losing their jobs all year, especially after other undocumented employees at other properties were fired. But work went on as usual at the vineyard. The workers also report that earlier in December, Eric Trump, who is listed as the president of some of the Trump properties, visited the vineyard and was very gracious to his employees. The Post was in touch with several of the undocumented employees for months prior to their firing. 

“He gave me his hand,” Omar Miranda, one of the employees that was fired, recalled to the Post about Eric’s visit. Miranda had won a raffle, and Eric shook his hand and added, “Eric is like a co-worker.” Then, a couple of weeks later, he was fired. 

The workers said that Trump, his family, and management knew exactly what they were doing when they waited to fire them after the grape season had ended. 

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“They didn’t make this decision in the summer because they needed us a lot then,” Miranda told the Post. Another employee said, “I think they wanted to get their product out well, the grapes, to make sure that was taken care of, and once things were slow, they could fire us all.”

The publication asked the Trump organization about why they waited so long to fire these undocumented employees, and their statement was the same as it was last year when they fired employees at the golf course: “Consistent with our efforts, we will immediately terminate any individual who has provided fake identification in order to unlawfully gain employment.” 

People on social media expressed their anger over the timing of this firing as well as Trump’s treatment of their undocumented workers. 

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Chef José Andrés tweeted, “Mr. ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ why instead of firing them 3 years into your presidency, you pass immigration reform, giving #DREAMers and undocumented the place in the USA they deserve?”

“Not only are trump companies still employing undocumented immigrants, they hold off firing them in order take advantage of their labor as long as possible,” another tweeted. “He has no shame.”

As we noted earlier, this season Virginia experienced one of the best grape seasons in years. So it makes sense management didn’t want to fire employees until after the harvest to take advantage of the booming business. 

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“You have the perfect alignment of rainfall, sun, wind, weather, to where the quality of your grapes are the highest you’ve seen in a really long time,” Winemaker Emily Pelton told WHSV3 News.

Perhaps if the season had been a washout as it was in 2018, the undocumented employees would have been fired earlier in the year. We guess there’s always a silver lining. 

READ: With Reports Of Trump Employing Undocumented Workers, CBP Was Asked Why Trump’s Properties Have Not Been Raided

Americans Are Demanding To Know If President Trump Has Been Tested For COVID-19 After Being Exposed Numerous Times

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Americans Are Demanding To Know If President Trump Has Been Tested For COVID-19 After Being Exposed Numerous Times

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COVID-19 is all anyone can talk about. There is little known about the virus and it seems that President Donald Trump has been exposed, yet there is no word on whether or not he has been tested. Brazilian government officials who recently met with President Trump and other Republican officials at Mar-a-Lago have tested positive for the virus and we deserve to know if our president is sick.

Several politicians have tested positive for COVID-19 after an event at Mar-a-Lago with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

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Miami’s mayor is the latest politician to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus after attending an event with Brazilian officials visiting Miami. Florida Senator Rick Scott was also at the event and has self-quarantined as a precaution. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has allegedly tested negative after attending the same event, according to Local10.com.

Mayor Francis Suarez tweeted a video addressing the residents of Miami explaining his self-quarantine and what residents should know.

Mayor Suarez made it clear that there should not be any panic among Miami residents. Mayor Suarez said he didn’t have any symptoms but self-quarantined after people who attended an event he was at tested positive for the virus.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro claims to have tested negative for the virus after reports alleged that he had tested positive.

Brazilian President Bolsonaro has claimed that he has tested negative for COVID-19 despite his press secretary recently testing positive for the virus. O Dia, a Brazilian new outlet, first reported the Bolsonaro tested positive and Fox News confirmed in. In response, Bolsonaro called it fake news and declared that he tested negative for the virus.

Bolsonaro’s press secretary Fabio Wajngarten, who interacted with President Trump and Vice President Pence, recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Wajngarten was at an event and had close contact with President Trump and Vice President Pence, as proved in the above photo. The press secretary is on the right standing next to President Trump. The kind of proximity to someone with COVID-19 is enough to warrant a self-quarantine and testing for the virus.

The White House press secretary is denying that President Trump had close contact with the Wajngarten despite standing next to him.

“Both the President and Vice President had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “The White House Medical Unit and the United States Secret Service has been working closely with various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the First & Second Families, and all White House staff healthy.”

President Trump is 73 years old putting him in one of the most vulnerable demographics when it comes to the virus.

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People 60 years old and up are facing some of the most fatal complications from COVID-19. One of the recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control is for people 65 years old and up no to fly. The U.S. government refused to make this announcement yet later tried to claim they did.

Due to his age and reported lifestyle, it is important that the American people find out if the president has contracted COVID-19.

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President Trump, who spent the beginning of the outbreak trying to dismiss it as a Democratic hoax, has finally called for a national emergency. The national emergency over the coronavirus will allow for billions of dollars to be deployed to states for testing and treatment to get the virus’s spread under control.

President Trump’s recorded contact with people who have tested positive for the virus is sparking demands from Americans that he be tested.

There has been a lot of speculation about the president’s health and whether or not he is truly physically fit for the job. President Trump being of the age that proves more fatal for the coronavirus and his repeated exposure is reason enough for a test a public release of the results. The American people deserve to know if the president is healthy enough to lead the nation through this health crisis.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And ‘Roma’ Actress Yalitza Aparicio Are Working On A Project Together

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And ‘Roma’ Actress Yalitza Aparicio Are Working On A Project Together

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Ever since her breakout role in Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” indigenous Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio has made an effort to support the very domestic workers she played a part in representing on screen. Now the former schoolteacher is taking her role as an activist for domestic workers by fighting for the community. And with her, she’s brought on a major advocate.

In an effort to further the discussion regarding domestic worker’s rights, Aparicio has paired up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)

During a meeting set in Washington, D.C. the two women are said to have talked about the rights of domestic workers worldwide.

In a post to their respective social media pages, the two Latinas praised each other for their efforts.

“When you fight for the rights of domestic workers, it’s not only for and by those women, but also so that their children can have a better future.’ These inspiring words from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez I will hold forever in my heart,” Aparicio wrote in a post on Wednesday that was written in Spanish. “I had the honor of meeting this strong, talented and brave woman who works day after day to improve the social conditions in her country. Thanks to our meeting, we can listen to each other and share our point of view about the rights of domestic workers.”

In a tweet of her own, AOC described meeting Aparicio as an honor.

“It was an honor to meet you, @YalitzaAparicio,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a reply that was also written in Spanish. “You are an inspiration for women and workers around the world. Thank you for the conversation. Together, we fight for the rights of domestic workers.”

In 2018, Aparicio shot to fame for her role as Cleo in the Spanish-language film “Roma.”

Aparicio played the part of woman working in the household of a middle-class family in Mexico and garnered her much praise. For her role, Aparicio also earned an Oscar nomination. She has since worked to use her platform as a place to elevate the voices of indigenous peoples, domestic workers across the globe and women.