Trump's border chief quizzed on reported employment of undocumented workers

Trump's border chief quizzed on reported employment of undocumented workers

Trump's border chief Mark Morgan has been grilled over whether Federal Officials are giving the Trump organisation a pass on hiring undocumented migrants while other companies do the same.

Speaking on CNN on Monday, host Jake Tapper suggested that Trump has repeatedly stoked fears over a so-called 'invasion' of migrants while at least eight of his company's properties have employed workers who have entered the United States illegally, reports the Huffington Post.

It seems like you guys are turning a blind eye to this crime being committed by the president’s own companies.

However, Morgan pushed back against the suggestions, saying:

So, look, I've been in law enforcement for over 25 years, and first of all, I'm the commissioner of CDP...

Tapper then interjects:

You were the head of ICE until recently, though...

Morgan then continued:

In my 25 years, I take offence to anyone who says that I'm turning a 'blind eye' to someone that is violating the law. 

I've been doing it for a long time, and I've never known anyone in law enforcement to turn a 'blind eye' to someone that's committing a crime. 

However, Tapper refuses to give up:

I don't understand why it is... the president's companies, there is headline after headline after headline of them employing undocumented immigrants, and there has never been a raid, there has never been any sort of law enforcement investigation that we can discern.

Clearly angered, Morgan responds:

You really can't say that for sure, because there are investigations going on all the time which you are unaware of, and you shouldn't be aware of those investigations. 

So those investigations should be done without notifying everyone, because of course they're going to jeopardise the investigation.

In a statement to the Washington Post, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organisation said Mobile Payroll Construction is involved in E-Verify for any new hires.

The company did not directly respond to requests for comment about the status of Mobile Construction workers, but said in a statement:

Since this issue was first brought to our attention, we have taken diligent steps, including the use of E-Verify at all of our properties and companies.

Those efforts continue and where an employee is found to have provided fake or fraudulent documentation to unlawfully gain employment, that individual will be terminated.

Fortunately, among the thousands of individuals employed by our organization, we have encountered very few instances where this has occurred. 

Last month, the president said that doesn't know if the Trump Organisation employs workers who entered the country illegally.

Speaking to reporters, the president said:

Well, that I don’t know. Because I don’t run it.

But I would say this: Probably every club in the United States has that, because it seems to me, from what I understand, a way that people did business.

HT Huffington Post

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