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Undocumented Employees Are Being Fired From Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Resort After Hiring Practices Were Exposed

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In 2016, Donald Trump — before he became president — said during a debate that it was challenging to hire American citizens at his hotels. He brushed off the criticism by his opponents that he only hires foreigners by saying that all hotels do it. “There’s nothing wrong with it. We have no choice,” he said. Even after his successful election — despite his hard tactics on undocumented immigrants — some of his employees found it ironic that this president who vows to “build the wall” knowingly has undocumented people working for him.

Then something extraordinary happened. Late last year, these undocumented Trump employees risked it all to tell their story. They wanted to say to the world that not only did they serve Trump hotel guests, but worked for the president himself at his various golf courses in New Jersey and Florida.

A couple of months after employees exposed Trump’s hiring practice, Trump Inc. began firing undocumented workers, and now they’re doing a full sweep.

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A new report shows that a considerable crackdown is underway at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s golf course and hotel to eliminate their entire undocumented staff.

The New York Times is that Trump’s Florida resort is firing anyone who can’t show documentation. While it looks like the hotel and resort employers have been firing people little by little since the start of 2019, it seems as if they now have a firm deadline to be rid of all of them reasonably soon.

Greg Schell, a lawyer that represents immigrant workers, told The New York Times, that one of the strategic things that are done by Trump Inc., is to use outside staffing agencies that hire undocumented people because if anyone gets in trouble, it will be those agencies, not Trump or his family.

“The whole concept is to have someone else bear the responsibility,” he told The NY Times.

Another reason why they’re pushing harder to fire all undocumented people is that the federal police is seeing that Mar-a-Lago is not a secure location, which is not ideal for the president to be staying. We know authorities are checking for identification from everyone.

Late last month, a Chinese woman was arrested due to a security breach that included fraudulent paperwork and malware.

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When Trump was asked about the security breach at his Mar-a-Lago estate, he said that he was “not concerned.”

As for who will do the hard work like cleaning, painting, and yard work that the undocumented employees do at the hotel and golf course, that is up in the air.

Trump has made expelling undocumented people and making legal immigration harder the cornerstones of his administration. Since the story broke of Trump’s own use of undocumented workers, the employers are Trump’s properties have been firing all undocumented employees. As for whether or not Trump ordered the firing to save face has yet to be proven.

READ: Anti-immigrant Donald Trump Likes Hiring Immigrants for his Florida Resort

Trump Administration To Resume Controversial And Damaging 'Remain In Mexico' Policy For Asylum Seekers

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Trump Administration To Resume Controversial And Damaging ‘Remain In Mexico’ Policy For Asylum Seekers

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The Trump administration will be resuming it’s controversial “Remain In Mexico” policy after a federal appeals court in California temporarily lifted an injunction on Friday that had blocked it. The policy, which forces asylum seekers to return to Mexico to await adjudication of their claims, had been stopped for less than a week before resuming this week. While the ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is a victory for President Trump, it’s temporary and still doesn’t address the reality of the more than 1,000 migrants waiting to be processed.

Approximately 1,105 Central American migrants have been returned to Mexico to await their court hearing under the policy.

The policy, officially known as the “Migrant Protection Protocols”, made its debut back in late January at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. Migrants were to report to authorities for asylum, make their claim, fill out paperwork, and be on their way back to Mexico to await the next process. The protocol was the Trump administration’s way of obeying the asylum process but not directly dealing with the migrants themselves in the U.S.

On April 8th, Judge Richard Seeborg ruled that the policy was breaking the law by ordering migrant asylum seekers to await proceedings in Mexico. That ruling came down just a day after President Trump had removed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who advocated for a border-wide expansion of the policy.

This is just the latest move in the Trump administration’s aggressive immigration stance.

Until otherwise told not to, asylum seekers will be kept in Mexico until their claim is processed. The Justice Department spokesman defended the policy saying the protocol has always been legal.

“The statute explicitly authorizing the use of the Migrant Protection Protocols has been on the books for more than two decades,” Alexei Woltornist, a Justice Department spokesman, told the LA Times. “and the Department of Justice will robustly defend our ability to use it.”

As things play in the courts, daily life for migrants waiting in Mexico has only worsened.

Migrants that have been returned across the border to places like Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez have voiced their concern about crowded encampments and violence from local gangs. Health, lack of adequate food and safety have been some of the biggest concerns from immigration rights groups who say these conditions aren’t suitable.

This all comes as a record number of Central-American migrants have come towards the U.S.-Mexico border this past month. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency apprehended and turned back more than 103,000 migrants, including approximately 53,000 families and nearly 9,000 unaccompanied children, along the U.S.-Mexico border in March.

READ: Federal Judge Rules That Trump Administration Cannot Send Asylum Seekers To Mexico

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