If Trump thinks migrants in the U.S. illegally are dangerous, why has he hired so many of them?

As much as he has railed against migrants who have entered the U.S. illegally, President Trump's businesses seem to like hiring them.
As much as he has railed against migrants who have entered the U.S. illegally, President Trump’s businesses seem to like hiring them. (Nati Harnik / Associated Press)

By now much of the nation recognizes President Trump as the embodiment of hypocrisy, but still, sometimes his blatant duplicity needs to be pointed out.

For instance, Trump railed as a candidate and as president about people living in the country without permission, calling them rapists and violent gang members.

Last year, in a White House meeting discussing so-called sanctuary cities and states with sheriffs and other local California officials, the president said:

“We have people coming into the country or trying to come in, we’re stopping a lot of them, but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.

If immigrants in the U.S. illegally are so violent and such a danger to society, why did managers of Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., surreptitiously remove the names of undocumented workers from a list of employees sought by the Secret Service?

The New York Times, which last month broke the story that golf club managers knowingly hired  workers who had entered the country illegally (including the Guatemalan woman who makes Trump’s bed when he’s there and who received a White House certificate for her “outstanding” service), reported Thursday that the club’s human resources office failed to include the names of workers in the U.S. illegally on the list requested by the Secret Service as a security precaution.

No doubt that’s because, as part of the vetting, the Secret Service was requesting Social Security numbers; workers in the country illegally do not have valid Social Security numbers.

Nothing untoward has happened to the president, and I hope nothing does, but the revelations that Trump National managers knowingly hired people who had entered the country illegally, including a woman who made some of the president’s meals, and then hid their status from even the Secret Service is the kind of security lapse that normally would have conservatives fuming.

And then there’s the blatant hypocrisy of the president profiting from the labor of such workers even as he rails against them as a threat to public safety.

In fact, Trump has profited before from the labor of people working in the U.S. without permission, including clients of his modeling agency and Polish laborers who demolished a store to make way for his flagship Trump Towers project in Manhattan (Trump paid nearly $1.4 million in a legal settlement for that one).

I’m still waiting for Trump to tell us which of the migrants working for him after entering the country illegally — and whose names were withheld from the Secret Service — were the rapists and the gang members.