Report: how Donald Trump used illegal immigrants to build Trump Tower

Donald Trump and his friends, the Clintons
Donald Trump and his friends, the Clintons

The Daily Beast explains how Trump used illegal immigrant labor to build his Trump Tower.


Thirty-five years ago, a small army of illegal immigrants was used to clear the site for what became the crown jewel of Donald Trump’s empire.

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.

I am for work permits for foreign workers who can find a willing employer here, but those employers should not be allowed to work without paying taxes, and for less than the minimum wage. That’s not fair to all the American workers who do pay taxes and who do play by the rules. It seems to me that you cannot really be against illegal immigration if you are benefiting from it. Is this how Donald Trump intends to bring jobs back to America?

2 thoughts on “Report: how Donald Trump used illegal immigrants to build Trump Tower”

  1. Good luck finding a general contractor that doesn’t have illegal immigrants on the job. It’s impossible. Some states don’t permit asking of they are legally permitted to work in the country. On yet another level, one wonders why managing that paradox (it’s illegal to hire them, but you can’t ask,) is even a reasonable thing to ask a subcontractor working for a GC to do.


  2. Over 30 years ago and you don’t mention thousands of immigrants he has employed that are not illegal. How about some balance? I like Cruz too but he is not going to win and he has his own issues. Are you going to fairly criticize Him?


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