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) MenendezDemocrats pledge to fight Trump detention policy during trip to border Pompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report Dem senators demand GOP judicial group discloses donors MORE (D) on Monday requested an investigation into the hiring of undocumented immigrants at President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' 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 quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer Four heated moments from House hearing on conditions at border facilities 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.