Victorina Morales, an undocumented worker who was fired from President Trump’s New Jersey golf club after publicly revealing her immigration status, will attend his State of the Union address on February 5th as the guest of a Democratic congresswoman. The Washington Post reported that Morales received an invite from Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), who confirmed the news in a press release.
Morales, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala who entered the U.S. illegally in 1999, worked as a maid at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, from 2013 through the end of 2018. In a move that led to her firing, she told The New York Times about her duties at the club — including “[making] Trump’s bed, [cleaning] his toilet and [dusting] his crystal golf trophies” — and described the Trump Organization’s lax protocol of checking the immigration status of its employees.
Eric Trump, President Trump’s son, told the Post that the organization plans to implement the federal program E-Verify to check workers’ immigration status.
On Tuesday, Morales joined three other undocumented Trump Organization workers in Capitol Hill to petition Congress for protection against deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
In her press release, Watson Coleman criticized President Trump for justifying the five-week government shutdown “by demonizing immigrants as the scourge of the country and the root of our nation’s crime and insecurity.” She added, “We need to implement a true bipartisan immigration reform plan ― one that both secures our border and establishes a pathway to citizenship for people like Victorina, who are positively contributing to our communities.”
The State of the Union often offers a platform for political statements — an opportunity Watson Coleman appears to be seizing.
“I hope that in his State of the Union address, Donald Trump will finally acknowledge the real face of immigrants in this country ― women and children fleeing violence, law-abiding, tax-paying people who would do almost anything to be Americans,” she said in the release. “And if he can’t, I’ve invited Victorina so that he may look her in her eyes to tell his lies to a familiar face.”