Juan Quintero, an undocumented worker, was employed by the Trump family for over 18 years and was so trusted by the powerful family that he had two jobs for them. Until recently, he was employed as a groundskeeper at the Trump National Golf Club and worked as caretaker of the Trump sons’ hunting retreat Leather Hill Preserve.
In January, Quintero lost his golf course job, after almost two decades of employment, as part of a purge of undocumented workers from Trump’s businesses amid revelations that the company relied on illegal labor for years. The Trumps employed many undocumented workers well into Donald Trump’s presidency.
“All of the years you give them, and they just let you go,” Quintero said in a recent interview. “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 said he never directly told the Trumps about his immigration status, but remained employed at the retreat after not providing owners with a Social Security number. His close relationship with the Trumps demonstrates that despite the family’s repeated vilification of undocumented immigrants, they knowingly relied on such low-wage, undocumented labor.