President Donald Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr. employed an undocumented Mexican immigrant at their private hunting retreat, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
Juan Quintero, who crossed the US-Mexico border more than two decades ago, worked as a caretaker at the 171-acre hunting retreat called Leather Hill Preserve, owned by the President’s sons and other co-owners, the Post reports. He also worked as the greens-keeper at the Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley in New York, according to the newspaper.
Quintero lost his job at the golf course in January after working there for 18 years, the Post reports, and also lost his job at the hunting retreat.
His firing came shortly after reports that the Trump family relied on undocumented workers for their businesses, even as the President pushes hardline immigration policies and vilifies undocumented immigrants. Quintero’s termination came as part of a purge of undocumented workers. In February, the Post reported that the Trump Organization, which is run by Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., had fired at least 18 undocumented workers across five New York and New Jersey golf courses over the previous two months.
In an interview with CNN in Spanish, Quintero said he was not fired instantly from the golf course, but that a woman from human resources informed him his “papers were not adequate.”
“She never said ‘fake papers,’ she just said they were not adequate. I was told I had two weeks to provide papers,” Quintero told CNN.
“All of the years you give them, and they just let you go,” Quintero, who now fears deportation, told the Post. “They do not say, ‘Let’s do something, let’s try to help you.’ They simply said, ‘Your documents are not valid,’ and that is it.”
Quintero told the Post he believes his supervisors knew he lacked legal status but said he had never told Eric Trump, with whom he worked directly. He said he had worked at the hunting lodge for more than a year after not being able to provide his Social Security number, according to the newspaper.
At the golf course, Quintero presented a fake green card when he was hired by previous owners, then used the same phony documents when the Trumps took over in 2009, according to the Post. The Post notes it is unclear whether the Trumps knew about his immigration status.
Eric Trump declined to comment to the Post, and Donald Trump Jr. did not respond to requests for comment by the newspaper. CNN has reached out to the Trump Organization for comment.
Quintero told CNN because he didn’t work weekends, he never saw Eric or Donald Trump Jr. at the hunting lodge. He was paid $1,000 a month, working 25 hours a week.
In December, The New York Times reported that Trump’s private club in New Jersey employed workers who managers allegedly knew were in the country illegally. The Times noted there is no evidence that Trump or Trump Organization executives knew of the two women’s immigration status.
Quintero told CNN that he worries about being deported as he is the breadwinner in the family, and his wife does not work. He and his wife have four young children born in the US, he told CNN.
Asked who he blames for his situation, Quintero said, “I blame the administration.”
“The President is always saying, ‘Oh, if the two parties agree, if the Democrats and Republicans sign something, let’s do something for them,’ but it never happens,” Quintero said. “I blame the system.”
When it was pointed out that he entered the US illegally, Quintero replied, “Yes, I am conscious of that.”
“But it’s thousands of us. Different categories, different races. Not just Hispanics, so what is the difference?” Quintero told CNN.
CNN’s Brian Vitagliano, Cristina Alesci, Daniela Cobos and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.