Court Docs: Trump Hired Hundreds Of Undocumented Immigrants For $4 An Hour For Demolition Project
Donald Trump is constantly spreading a false narrative about immigration and his base actually believes him. What his supporters don’t seem to know is that he would much rather hire an undocumented immigrant than to give a job to an American worker.
A Newsweek report obtained court documents that show Trump had hired “hundreds of undocumented Polish immigrants to demolish a New York City building in 1980 and paid them as little as $4 an hour without providing proper safety equipment to do the job.”
Trump was eventually sued by the workers and their contractor, William Kaszycki of Kaszycki & Sons, back in 1983. The case took 15 years to settle, costing Trump $1.375 million.
“We worked in horrid, terrible conditions,” Wojciech Kozak, one of the undocumented Polish workers at the demolition site, told the Times. “We were frightened illegal immigrants and did not know enough about our rights.”
The settlement was kept out of the public eye for nearly 20 years. But last November, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, U.S. District Court Judge Loretta A. Preska ordered the documents be made public.
“The Trump Parties have failed to identify any interests that can overcome the common law and First Amendment presumptions of access to the four documents at issue,” Preska ruled.
According to court testimonies, Trump took notice of Kaszycki and his crew of 200 undocumented Polish workers when he visited a worksite near Bonwit Teller.
“He liked the way the men were working on 57th Street,” Zbignew Goryn, a foreman at the site, testified. “[Trump] said, ‘Those Polish guys are good, hard workers.’”
“They told me and my friends that we are stupid Poles and we are working for such low money,” Adam Mrowiec, one of the Polish workers, later testified.