- Another unauthorized immigrant came forward to tell The New York Times she worked at President Donald Trump’s New Jersey golf club illegally.
- Emma Torres, 43, said human resources helped her evade Secret Service vetting by scratching her name off a list of employees that needed to be cleared.
- Torres said she used a fake Social Security number to apply for her job at the golf club – first as a housekeeper, then working her way up to chef’s assistant.
- Torres is the third woman to come forward in recent weeks alleging she worked for Trump illegally.
A third woman came forward on Thursday to say she worked at President Donald Trump’s New Jersey golf club illegally, telling The New York Times that the human resources department helped her escape being vetted by the Secret Service.
Emma Torres, a 43-year-old unauthorized immigrant from Ecuador, said the staff at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster first came under Secret Service scrutiny during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, when the agency asked for a list of employees.
“When I learned this is for the Secret Service to see the records of everyone because they are giving protection to Mr. Trump, I rushed to human resources,” Torres told The Times, adding that she had used a fake Social Security number to apply for her job. “I thought, ‘God, what will I do?'”
But she said the human resources employee brushed aside her concerns, saying, “It’s OK. No problem,” and scratching Torres’ name off the list. Torres said the woman asked her for the names of other unauthorized workers, which she said she provided.
Torres also said that despite the fact that she wasn’t vetted by Secret Service, one of her responsibilities as a chef’s assistant in the golf club’s kitchen was to make sandwiches for the Secret Service agents who visited the property. She said she quit in early 2017.
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A representative for the Secret Service told INSIDER it doesn’t comment on its protective operations or how its name-check program is administered.
Torres also said she received praise and tips from Trump when she first began working at the resort in 2015 as a housekeeper. But she told The Times she grew increasingly upset with Trump’s criticisms of immigrants during his campaign.
“When he won the election, fear took over me,” Torres said. “I felt I was in the lion’s den. I had to leave.”
Torres’ story comes just weeks after two other women told The Times they worked at the Bedminster property illegally for years.
One of the women, Victorina Morales, said she was offended by Trump’s rhetoric about immigration and wanted to speak out despite risking deportation.
“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,” Morales told The Times in December. “We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation.”
The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment on Torres’ allegations. But in a December 7 statement to The Times, the organization said it would “immediately” terminate any workers found to be using false documents.
Trump has previously come under fire for employing unauthorized immigrants, despite denying the allegations and frequently raging against illegal immigration.
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