Trump claims he knows zip about his undocumented workers, but in 2013 he was singing their praises

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Donald Trump is claiming that he knows nothing about the fact that his numerous golf resorts and Virginia winery have employed undocumented workers, but during a 2013 Trump Tower meeting with a group of Dreamers who were sharing their stories in a tour across the country, he admitted quite the opposite. In fact, he sang his workers’ praises.

“’You know, the truth is I have a lot of illegals working for me in Miami,’ he told them, using the term for undocumented immigrants those in the meeting found offensive,” BuzzFeed News reported in August 2015. Gaby Pacheco, a Dreamer and immigrant rights advocate from Florida, recalled Trump saying that “’You know in Miami, my golf course is tended by all these Hispanics—if it wasn’t for them my lawn wouldn’t be the lawn it is; it’s the best lawn.”

Quite a difference from July 2019 Trump, who, when asked if he’s ever employed undocumented immigrants, said “Well, that I don’t know. Because I don’t run it. But I would say this, probably every club in the United States has that, because it seems to me, from what I understand, a way that people did business.” Note the use of past tense here, when one of his former housekeepers, Sandra Diaz, said she knows of at least half a dozen undocumented workers who are still employed at his winery.

While Diaz has since gained legal status after working for Trump, her coworker Victorina Morales is still undocumented, and described working so closely to Trump that last year she “was given a certificate from the White House Communications Agency inscribed with her name,” The New York Times reported. “Her husband has confirmed that she would on occasion come home jubilant because the club owner had paid her a compliment, or bestowed on her a $50 or sometimes a $100 tip.”

Back in 2013, Trump reportedly told the excited Dreamers that “You’ve convinced me” on immigration. But this is a man who basically says whatever he thinks the crowd in front of him wants to hear, and now six years later is saying he knows nothing about the workers he praised himself six years before. “Ah. So, in fact, Trump has known about his company’s hiring practices,” tweeted Mario Carrillo of immigrant rights advocacy group America’s Voice. “A bigger hypocrite and liar do[es] not exist than Donald Trump.”

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Rose
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Rose

Pathological liars hear nothing, see nothing, speak nothing.

Elli
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Elli

Trump baby is such a pathological liar. Not a word that comes out of his mouth can you believe. He Twists everything around. He lives in his own little world and does not know what the truth really is. LOCK HIM UP!!!!!

Dick Panico
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What he knows “zip about “ is how fed up Most people are , with his insane attitude toward some of the best workers in our country … This louse ,is the grandson of an immigrant, who came to America… As in the famous song “COMING TO AMERICA”. ..My parents came to America on 1912 and I really never truly understood the difficulty of picking up , and going to another country . ..In 1979 I decided to go to California, I was 42 years old . I had 4 children , and a television shop . Like my farther… Read more »
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. This man has told so many lies , he’s incapable of knowing what the truth really is . His whole life has been about deceptive practices, and lying. He’s a career criminal well trained in the “art of criminality”. .. He believes that a well told lie ,is better than the truth . It’s why his wives don’t respect him . Oh no , they don’t want to antagonize him because they know what he’s capable of doing,( and will do ), if feels crossed. But nobody knows what Trump has done along with his associates like Roy Cohn,… Read more »