Hillary Clinton zinged Donald Trump for using undocumented foreign labor, and she was right.
Donald Trump loves to talk about American labor, but when the rubber meets the road, he’ll cut an American worker’s throat to save even one nickel. When building his signature tower, Donald Trump hired undocumented workers from Poland to demolish the formerly historic headquarters of department store Bonwit Teller.
Marco Rubio actually zinged Trump over the issue in a Republican primary debate first, as you can see below. The Daily Beast reported:
The 200 demolition workers—nicknamed the Polish Brigade because of their home country—worked 12-hour shifts, seven days a week with no overtime to knock down the old Bonwit Teller building and make room for Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
According to testimony in a protracted civil suit in federal court, the laborers were paid $5 an hour or less when they were paid at all. Some went unpaid after the contractor had financial troubles. A few never received even the paltry sum that was owed them for their dirty and hazardous efforts preceding the construction of Trump’s monument to his own wealth.
“They were undocumented and worked ‘off the books,’” Manhattan federal Judge Charles Stewart said of the workers after they became the subject of a 1983 lawsuit. “No records were kept, no Social Security or other taxes were withheld.”
So we have to rate this claim by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton absolutely, factually correct.
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition