Dem senator requests investigation into hiring of undocumented immigrants at Trump golf clubs

Dem senator requests investigation into hiring of undocumented immigrants at Trump golf clubs

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezWilliam Barr is right man for the times This week: Trump delivers State of the Union amid wall fight BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president MORE (D) on Monday requested an investigation into the hiring of undocumented immigrants at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE's golf clubs, including one in Menendez's home state of New Jersey.

Dozens of immigrants have been fired from Trump properties in recent months following reports of the Trump Organization hiring people without proper legal status.

Menendez met with four of these fired employees and then sent a request to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump taps FEMA official to lead agency Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? MORE and FBI Director Christopher Wray for the matter to be investigated.

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“Given the serious nature of these allegations, I bring this to your attention and request that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conduct an appropriate investigation into the matter,” Menendez wrote.

“Furthermore, because the individuals I met with and others that may step forward appear to be potential witnesses to a crime and may provide the evidence necessary to conduct an appropriate investigation, I urge you to consider requesting or supporting authorization for them to remain in the U.S. during your necessary investigation.”

“Additionally, law enforcement agencies working with a potential witness to a crime have tools at their disposal to assist in their investigation and may request — or support requests — for immigration or other authorized status, such as continued presence, deferred action, U or T visas, or any other appropriate relief,” he concluded. 

Several Democrats have warned the administration to be cautious with their treatment of immigrants without legal status who were alleging abuse at Trump properties.

Some lawmakers have even invited the fired workers to this week's State of the Union address.

Many of the workers have approached lawmakers to seek protection from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.