President Trump faces continual scrutiny over his organization employing undocumented immigrants and then firing these people when this issue came to light. Now, many former employees are facing deportation even though they’ve worked in the United States for the President’s companies for years. Immigration lawyerAnibal Romero is committed to protecting these people from deportation.
In a recent Washington Post article, Juan Quintero who had not one but two jobs working for the Trump family. He was a greenskeeper at the Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and also a contractor at the 171-acre hunting retreat called Leather Hill Preserve. After 18 years of employment, Quintero was let go along with many other undocumented workers after it was revealed that the Trump organization has been using illegal labor for years.
Although Quintero never disclosed his immigration status, he never provided documents either. In fact, in 2016 when he was offered the job at the private weekend playground for President Trump’s sons, Quintero says he was never asked about his immigration status. And although he’s worked directly with Eric Trump, and has records of his interactions with the President’s son, it was only after it was revealed that the Trump organization was employing undocumented workers that Quintero lost his jobs.
Since being let go, Quintero fears being deported, and sought help from U.S. immigration attorney Anibal Romero. He is now among several clients who have been interviewed by the New York State Attorney General’s Office in recent weeks.
“Romero said his clients are cooperating with authorities and should be shielded from deportation. “They are material witnesses to federal and state crimes, and any attempt to remove them from the United States should be considered obstruction of justice,” he said.”
Romero also points out that, while Quintero was technically employed as a contractor, he was in effect an employee. His client worked a regular schedule and was supplied with everything he needed to do his job – unlike contractors who use their own tools.
“You can put many things on paper, but if the reality of the facts are not a reflection of what actually happens, then that’s what matters in court,” he said.
With the help of his deportation attorney, Quintero hopes to stay in the United States with his wife and four U.S.-born sons. Will he get to see his day in court? Unfortunately, only time will tell.