Trump golf club housekeeper who admitted she’s undocumented asks for asylum

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A woman who has worked at the Trump Organization’s Bedminster Golf Club as an undocumented immigrant had a hearing this week on her application for asylum as she seeks to remain in the U.S., her attorney said Tuesday.

Anibal Romero, the attorney representing Victorina Morales, said his client applied for asylum in November, weeks before The New York Times reported that she used “phony” immigration papers to secure a job at the Trump property in 2013.

Morales had a hearing adjourned on Monday at the Lyndhurst, N.J., asylum office, Romero said. A final ruling on her case could take weeks, months, or even years, he said.

{mosads}”We applied before the story broke based on the fact that her father-in-law was murdered in front of her children, and her family had been receiving threats prior to the story breaking,” Romero said. “So we thought we had a good asylum claim back then.”

“Now we think her asylum claim is even stronger because we have more arguments for how she might suffer persecution in her home country” because of her status as a public figure, Romero added.

Immigrants living in the U.S. are eligible to apply for asylum if they fear persecution in their home country on the basis of race, religion, political views or other reasons.

Individuals typically must apply for asylum within a year of arriving in the U.S., but Romero argued that Morales’ case falls under an exception for “extraordinary circumstances.”

The New York Times earlier this month published a profile of Morales that detailed her time spent as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. She explained that she has made President Trump’s bed, cleaned his toilet and interacted briefly with him.

She said that two of her supervisors at Bedminster were aware of her immigration status and helped her keep her job, though there was no indication that Trump Organization executives knew of her status, The Times reported.

Morales, who is from Guatemala and crossed the border illegally in 1999, told the news outlet that she’s been bothered by Trump’s rhetoric demonizing immigrants, and that she’s been subject to verbal abuse by a supervisor, as well.

Romero said Morales was paid the Friday after the story broke, but they have not heard from the Trump Organization since.

“We haven’t heard anything from anyone letting us know she’s been officially fired from her job,” he said.

Romero called for state and federal authorities to investigate the Trump Organization, alleging that the business committed immigration fraud and that supervisors abused the workers.

The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Morales’ employment status, nor Romero’s calls for investigations into the property.

The business issued a statement in response to The Times’ story earlier this month stating that “”if an employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately.” first reported on Morales’ asylum claim.

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