A Guatemalan woman illegally living in the United States who went public earlier this week with allegations of abusive working conditions she experienced as a housekeeper for years at President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE’s New Jersey golf club says she does not regret speaking out.
Victorina Morales, who came out earlier this week about her citizenship status despite the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration, told The Associated Press in an interview on Friday that she stands by her decision to speak up for other workers without legal documents at the club who she says have been facing abuse and ridicule in the workplace.
Although Morales risks losing her job and being deported, she told the news agency that workers at the club “need to come out and defend ourselves.”
"I had enough with suffering,” she said.
Morales told the AP that there are at least a dozen other workers who had been employed at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., without legal documentation.
Morales, who reportedly crossed the border illegally in 1999 and was later hired by the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster in 2013, told The New York Times earlier this week that a supervisor at the club helped her get “phony” immigration papers to secure employment.
She also claimed that another supervisor at the club pushed her against a wall on several occasions, told her to stop speaking Spanish and made threats to have her deported if she complained.
"Every morning I would tell myself, 'Just ignore whatever they yell at you. I need this job,' " Morales, a mother of three children who also live in the U.S., said.
She also said she witnessed another worker without legal documentation get their hair pulled by a supervisor.
In her interview with the Times, Morales also claimed to have been bothered by Trump's rhetoric on illegal immigration, telling the newspaper: "We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money."
"We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation,” she continued.
Another woman who said she is an undocumented migrant employed at the club, Sandra Diaz, told AP: “The president says that in the places he owns he does not hire any undocumented workers … It is a lie."
Anibal Romero, an attorney representing Morales and Diaz, has since reportedly called for state and federal authorities to investigate allegations of verbal abuse toward employees at the Bedminster property.