Democratic Congresswoman Invites Undocumented Worker Fired From Donald Trump's Golf Club to State of the Union Address

An undocumented worker fired from President Donald Trump's New Jersey golf club is set to attend the State of the Union address next week at the invitation of a Democratic congressmember.

After working as a cleaner at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster for years, Victorina Morales, who was born in Guatemala, was among a number of undocumented workers fired by the Trump Organization this month over their legal statuses in the U.S. Since her firing, Morales has been an outspoken advocate for rights and fair treatment for undocumented immigrants.

On Wednesday, Democratic Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey announced that Morales would be attending Trump's upcoming State of the Union address as her guest.

In a statement that struck back at Trump, Watson Coleman accused the president of having "justified shutting the government down for five weeks by demonizing immigrants as the scourge of the country and the root of our nation's crime and insecurity. Meanwhile, CEO Trump led a company that has relied extensively on the hard work of undocumented immigrants like my constituent Victorina to keep his resorts clean and his putting greens trimmed.

"Donald Trump wants to build silly walls to stop the same immigrants that he's made a career and a fortune from exploiting," Watson Coleman said.

"Immigrants, by and large, are hardworking, trustworthy, and skilled people who simply want to work and build better lives here," she continued. "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, tax-paying 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."

Guests are traditionally invited to the State of the Union address as representatives of issues that lawmakers feel passionately about or want to move forward.

Last year, Trump and first lady Melania Trump invited beneficiaries of the U.S. leader's tax cut plan, as well as families who had lost a loved one to violence from the MS-13 gang.

In addition to being a guest at Trump's State of the Union address, Morales was part of a group of undocumented workers fired by the Trump Organization who met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill earlier this week.

The fired workers asked lawmakers to launch an investigation into the Trump Organization's hiring practices and to fight for protections for undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a press event in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty