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Undocumented immigrant who worked at Trump National to attend State of the Union address !

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It was revealed that the president’s company — the Trump Organization — was, for years, employing people at the golf club who are in the country illegally.

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Victorina Morales, an undocumented immigrant who worked on the housekeeping staff at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, in Bound Brook, N.J., Nov. 12, 2018

An unauthorized immigrant who worked at one of President Donald Trump’s golf clubs in New Jersey for years and recently spoke out about her experience will attend his State of the Union address after being invited by her Democratic congresswoman, the woman’s lawyer and the congresswoman’s office said Wednesday.

The immigrant, Victorina Morales, had worked as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, since 2013, and spoke to The New York Times as part of an article published last month. The report revealed that the president’s company — the Trump Organization — was, for years, employing people at the golf club who are in the country illegally.

In a brief interview on Wednesday, Morales said that on the advice of her lawyer, she stopped going to work on December 4, two days before The Times article was published. Still, the lawyer, Anibal Romero, said that neither he nor his client has received notice that she has been fired. He said Morales’ employment status with the golf club was not entirely clear.

Since leaving her job, Morales, who is from Guatemala, has campaigned for rights and fair treatment for immigrants in the country illegally. On Wednesday, she said she was pleased to have been invited to the State of the Union, that she has accepted the invitation and that she was “very proud because I am going to raise my voice for all of us immigrants.”

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Stacey Abrams, Georgia’s Democratic candidate for governor, at an election-eve rally in Atlanta, Nov. 2, 2018. Abrams, who narrowly lost her race, will deliver the Democrats’ official response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in February 2019. She is reportedly considering a Senate bid in 2020. (Ruth Fremson/The New York Times)

The congresswoman, Bonnie Watson Coleman, represents the New Jersey district in which Morales lives. The news that Morales had been invited to attend Tuesday’s State of the Union address as Watson Coleman’s guest was reported by The Washington Post on Wednesday.

“Immigrants by and large are hardworking, trustworthy and skilled people who simply want to work and build better lives here,” Watson Coleman said in a statement. “For years these kinds of people were loyal and dedicated enough to be Trump Organization employees. 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, taxpaying people who would do almost anything to be Americans. 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.”

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The clubhouse at Trump National. The house was previously owned by auto maker John DeLorean.

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