Congressional Hispanic Caucus Leadership Calls on the FBI and DHS OIG to Investigate the Trump Organization’s Systemic Practice of Hiring Undocumented Workers

Mar 15, 2019
12:07 PM

The following media release was shared on Thursday by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus:

WASHINGTON — Congressional Hispanic Caucus Leadership called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate the Trump Organization’s practices of hiring and mistreatment of undocumented workers. This Hispanic Caucus request follows a meeting between Members and three former employees of the Trump Organization, whose employment was terminated earlier this year.

The letter was led by Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and signed by Hispanic Caucus leadership members Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44), Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), and Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16).

“Many of the Trump Organization employees have stepped forward to recount how the Trump Organization setup a pipeline to systematically obtain cheap immigrant labor and hired undocumented immigrants. In fact, some of the undocumented workers have stated that the Trump Organization helped them procure the fraudulent documents. Further, many of these workers have described a hostile work environment, including a culture of coercion, mistreatment, and instances of physical abuse,” the Members wrote. “We continue to hear that the number of formerly undocumented Trump Organization workers is higher than the 30 individuals reported and that many are too scared to step forward. This is clear evidence that the hiring of undocumented immigrants was not a one-time oversight but that this was done methodically and with a deliberate violation of the law. Nobody is above the law, including the President of the United States and his company.”

The letter is below: