Sending Office: Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
Sent By:
Norma.Salazar@mail.house.gov

DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6

Current SignersYvette D.
Clarke, Nydia Velázquez, Joseph P. Kennedy, III, André Carson, Darren
Soto, Jimmy Gomez, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Tom Malinowski

Dear Colleague,

Over the weekend The Washington Post published a
story
detailing the stories of former employees of the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York who were terminated on January 18, 2019 for being undocumented workers. The termination of these workers follows the revelation of undocumented
labor at a Trump club in
New Jersey where employees were also terminated.
 These workers were terminated by human resources officers from the Trump Organization for providing false and fraudulent documents to unlawfully gain employment.

Instead of hiding, some of these workers have now decided to come forward and allege that accountants at the golf club in Westchester County, New York often told them to purchase better, more convincing false documents for employment and in some cases, willfully
provided employees with false documents. In addition, the workers describe a culture of coercion, mistreatment, and instances of physical abuse.

The number of immigrants claiming they were employed illegally by the Trump Organization has risen to over 20 individuals and raises serious questions of criminal activity and numerous violations of employment laws at the Trump Golf Club in Westchester County,
New York and Bedminster, New Jersey—including procuring false documents, and forced and coerced labor.

Nobody is above the law, and that includes the President of the United States. Please join me in sending a letter to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation requesting him to conduct a thorough federal investigation into the disturbing allegations
from former Trump Organization employees.

I hope you will join me in signing this important letter. If you have any questions, please contact Norma Salazar of my staff at 202-225-22435 or at
Norma.Salazar@mail.house.gov

Sincerely,

Raúl M. Grijalva

Member of Congress

 

February XX, 2019

The Honorable Christopher Wray

Director

Federal Bureau of Investigation

935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

Dear Director Wray,

 

We write to you to request a thorough federal investigation into the disturbing allegations from former Trump Organization employees that demonstrate possible violations of both civil and criminal law by the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County,
New York and Bedminster, New Jersey. Additionally, we request that the victims of the alleged criminal and civil violations be protected as material witnesses and victims. If the Department of Homeland Security deports any of these workers, it would be an
obstruction of justice.

Recent reports allege that on January 18, 2019, employees at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York were terminated by human resources officers from the Trump Organization for providing false and fraudulent documents to unlawfully gain
employment.[1] Instead of hiding in the shadows, some of these brave workers have now decided to come forward and detail an elaborate ploy by the Trump Organization to systematically procure cheap immigrant
labor and employ undocumented immigrants—despite knowing that the documents they provided were false. In addition to this alleged criminal enterprise, the workers describe a culture of coercion, mistreatment, and instances of physical abuse.

Over 20 employees have detailed this enterprise, and Members of Congress have had the opportunity to meet with some of these former employees in Washington, DC. They allege that accountants at the golf club in Westchester County, New York often told them
to purchase better, more convincing false documents for employment and in some cases, willfully provided employees with false documents. Others spoke of a culture of verbal and physical abuse and managers coercing them to do more work by threatening to report
them to immigration authorities. 

The number of immigrants claiming they were employed illegally by the Trump Organization has risen to over 20 individuals and raises serious questions of criminal activity and numerous violations of  employment laws at the Trump Golf Club in Westchester
County, New York, and Bedminster, New Jersey—including conspiracy charges, procuring false documents, and forced and coerced labor.

The Trump Organization fired these hardworking employees—many of whom had worked there for over ten years—as President Trump shut down the government over a border wall that would supposedly keep undocumented immigrants out. However, he did not hesitate
to break the law to employ them and exploit them for his own financial gain.

Nobody is above the law, and that includes the President of the United States. We respectfully ask that you conduct a thorough federal investigation into these dubious employment practices and the alleged criminal enterprise run by the Trump Organization
as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this important request. If you have any further questions, please contact my congressional office at 202-225-2435.

Sincerely,

 

________________                

Raúl M. Grijalva

Member of Congress               

 

 

 


[1] 2019, January 26. Trump’s golf course employed undocumented workers — and then fired them amid showdown over border wall.
The Washington Post.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/donald-trumps-demand-for-a-border-wall-shut-down-the-government-at-the-same-time-his-company-was-firing-undocumented-workers/2019/01/26/8cf75d66-20c5-11e9-8e21-59a09ff1e2a1_story.html?utm_term=.eb55ea9dc68f

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