Though Cortes then acknowledged that Trump is "aware that those businesses are largely operated that way", he said Morales' act was grounds for her firing. Morales and a few other workers are driven to work every day by a company shuttle because the golf course knows they can't legally get a driver's license.
She said she was not the only worker at the club who was in the country illegally.
The lawyer representing two undocumented immigrants working at one of President Trump's golf resorts is asking New Jersey officials to investigate their treatment.
Morales tells the Times that she was motivated to speak up because she was sick of hearing the president attack undocumented immigrants while on the campaign trail. Another woman, Sandra Diaz, says she too was hired at the same club when she was undocumented, although she has since become a legal resident.
Conservative immigration views and undocumented employees have not mixed well for politicians in the past: A similar revelation proved damaging to Mitt Romney during his 2012 presidential campaign.
"We are exhausted of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money", Victorina Morales told the Times. "We sweat it out and attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation".
Diaz discussed the tasks she carried out in her role when she cleaned Trump's residence, down to the way he liked his clothing laundered, which included ironing everything from his white boxers, golf shirts and khaki pants to his sheets and towels. Morales has applied for asylum protections.
"We didn't have one illegal immigrant on the job", Trump said then. She is also exploring a lawsuit claiming workplace abuse and discrimination.
Both women were described by the Times as finding Trump demanding, but kind.
In a statement, the Trump Organization said, "We have tens of thousands of employees across our properties and have very strict hiring practices. If any employee submitted false documentation in an attempt to circumvent the law, they will be terminated immediately".
"My clients are willing to cooperate with federal authorities and with state authorities so they can provide details", Romero said.
The White House declined to comment. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with [them].