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Veteran With Mexican Heritage Raises Funds to Keep Mexicans Out of U.S

Brian Kolfage created a GoFundMe page to build Trump's border wall.

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Brian Kolfage, an Air Force veteran who lost his legs and right arm during his second deployment in Iraq in 2004, started a GoFundMe campaign to fund a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

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Using Undocumented Immigrants for ​Labor is the Norm at Trump's Golf Club

"We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money," said a woman working at Trump National Golf Club.

As President Trump sends troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to "defend" (white) America against the caravans of Brown people and bar some from asylum in the U.S., the history of hiring undocumented workers at his properties in New Jersey and Florida continues to come to light.

Trump has a problem with undocumented immigrants seeking asylum, but not when they are hired to wash his clothes or make his bed.

Victorina Morales, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, reportedly crossed the border in 1999 and has worked at the at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J, since 2013, The New York Times reported Thursday.

According to a spokesperson for his business organization, she would be one of tens of thousands of people to be employed by Trump, and would be terminated if she was undocumented. Sandra Diaz, 46, from Costa Rica was another.

Both Morales and Diaz, during their stints, washed the Trump family's clothes in a special detergent, made beds and dusted.

"There are many people without papers," said Ms. Diaz, who said she witnessed several people being hired whom she knew to be undocumented.

Morales was initially pleased with her job because she was paid and tipped well, often times by Trump. But her sentiments changed when he ran for president.

"I'm tired of being humiliated and treated like a stupid person," she said in Spanish during a brief interview. "We're just immigrants who don't have papers."

During his campaign in 2016, when he referred to Mexicans as rapists and criminals, he promised to mandate E-Verify, a federal tool to verify employment eligibility, and requested $23 million in his 2019 budget proposal to expand the program for nationwide use. He also bragged when a new Trump hotel opened in Washington, "We didn't have one illegal immigrant on the job."

"The president has been half-serious about stopping illegal immigration by not taking away the jobs magnet," said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group pushing to reduce immigration. Beck said Trump has "let us down in his promise to help American workers" because he hasn't "put his shoulder behind a mandatory E-Verify bill."

Trump signed a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order in 2017 restricting visas, but his Mar-a-Lago golf club also has a history of applying for H-2B visas for hundreds of immigrant workers. The H-2B visa is for "temporary non-agricultural workers."

Morales reports being driven to work by staff to hide the fact that she couldn't legally drive, and that after she presented fake papers for work, she was given another set of fake papers by the Trump Organization to keep her employed there.

Morales had a front row seat on the job to Trump meetings as she was cleaning his villa, even when potential cabinet members were interviewed and when he met with the White House chief of staff.

But that didn't come without experiencing verbal abuse from Trump's staff.

Her attorney Anibal Romero said in a statement Thursday that his clients were called racial epithets and threatened with deportation by a supervisor that ironically, "had employed them despite knowing their undocumented status and even provided them with forged documents."

"We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money," she told the NY Times. "We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation."

Reader Question: Do we need any more proof that he's a liar about everything?

Sen. Kamala Harris Questions Acting Head of ICE Who Called Democrats 'NeoKlanist' Party

"You're sorry because the words caused offense," Harris said to Ronald Vitiello. "So would you not be sorry if no one was offended by your words?"

Ronald Vitiello, President Trump's nominee to run Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), described the Democratic Party as "NeoKlanist," and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) confronted him about his statement.

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'The View's' Sunny Hostin Slams Right-Wing Immigration Policy: Video

"It's always about Brown and Black people and that's not the truth," Hostin said.

Things got a little heated Monday on ABC's "The View" when co-hosts right-wing conservative Meghan McCain (daughter of the late Sen. John McCain) and Sunny Hostin got into a debate about undocumented immigrants and U.S. open borders.

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Deputy Accused of Sexually Assaulting 4-Year-Old Daughter of Undocumented Immigrant

The case is "heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time," said Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.

The Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy allows for undocumented parents and kids to be separated. And in the midst, children of undocumented immigrants are subject to intimidation by law enforcement, and in this case, sexual abuse.

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Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes, Too: A Young Woman's Facebook Post Goes Viral

"We are the subject of scapegoating, especially during the Trump era," said 23-year-old Belén Sisa.

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According to some right wing politicians undocumented immigrants do not pay taxes. One of them is taking to Facebook to debunk what she calls a myth.

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Threat of Trump Deportation Forces Bipartisan Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Protect 'Dreamers'

"The DREAMers who have DACA are not competing with Americans for a slice of the pie, they are helping to bake a bigger pie for our country and our economy."

Sen. Dick Durbin shares story of "Dreamer" Asael Reyes from Chicago on the Senate floor in December 2016.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday reintroduced bills in the House and Senate to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from being deported by the incoming Trump administration.

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Hundreds of Churches to Provide Sanctuary for Undocumented Immigrants

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team and Homeland Security officials recently discussed plans to reverse Obama's immigration policies.

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During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to deport millions of undocumented immigrants from the United States. The Sanctuary Movement, an interfaith movement that began in the 1960s, is undergoing resurgence following the presidential election.

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Democratic Platform Touts Diversity, Inclusion

Positions are stark contrast to GOP policy. Meanwhile, undocumented immigrants to work and speak at DNC convention.

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md.

The final version of the Democratic Party platform released Friday includes a strong embrace of minority rights, with sections focusing on ending systemic racism, reforming the criminal justice system and supporting historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions.

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Children of Undocumented Immigrants Face Mental Health Crisis

Research suggests a life of uncertainty led by children of undocumented immigrants is negatively affecting their mental health, potentially leading to disorders.

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By Sheryl Estrada

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Calif. DMV Hires 900 New Employees to Serve Undocumented Immigrants

California's Department of Motor Vehicles prepares to accommodate an estimated 1.4 million immigrants who will be eligible to apply for a driver's license beginning Jan. 1. Find out what else the DMV is doing.

By Julissa Catalan

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