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The president’s sons entrusted their private hunting retreat to a caretaker. He was working in the country illegally.

By Joshua Partlow, Nick Miroff and David A. Fahrenthold
March 6 at 12:05 PM

WINGDALE, N.Y. — One morning last May, Eric Trump sent a text message to the caretaker of the shooting range he and his brother own in Upstate New York. The weather was getting warmer, and it was time to plant crops to attract deer that the Trumps and their friends could hunt. ... “Juan — how are the fields coming along,” Eric Trump wrote to Juan Quintero. “They need to be planted in the next week or so in order to make the season. Hope you are great.” ... “I’m working in it,” Quintero replied in his limited English.

Quintero, 42, was so trusted by the Trumps that he had not one but two jobs working for the family. He was a greenskeeper at the Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., where he would work eight-hour shifts on weekdays. Then he would put in five more hours each day as a contractor at the 171-acre hunting retreat called Leather Hill Preserve, which serves as a private weekend playground for President Trump’s sons and the property’s co-owners.

He also was an immigrant from Mexico who had crossed the border more than two decades ago and was working illegally in the United States. ... In January, Quintero lost his golf course job after 18 years of employment — part of a purge of undocumented workers from Trump’s businesses amid revelations that the company relied on illegal labor for years, well into Trump’s presidency. Gone, too, was his side job at the hunting retreat.

“All of the years you give them, and they just let you go,” Quintero said in a recent interview at his home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. “They do not say, ‘Let’s do something, let’s try to help you.’ They simply said, ‘Your documents are not valid,’ and that is it.”
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Quintero said he cannot imagine relocating his American children to Mexico. ... “I believe they belong here,” he said. “What happened to me is a part of life for not having the right papers.”

Alice Crites contributed to this report.

Joshua Partlow is a reporter on the The Washington Post’s national desk. He has served previously as the bureau chief in Mexico City, Kabul, Rio de Janeiro, and as a correspondent in Baghdad. Follow https://twitter.com/partlowj

Nick Miroff covers immigration enforcement, drug trafficking and the Department of Homeland Security on The Washington Post’s National Security desk. He was a Post foreign correspondent in Latin America from 2010 to 2017, and has been a staff writer since 2006. Follow https://twitter.com/NickMiroff

David A. Fahrenthold is a reporter covering the Trump family and its business interests. He has been at The Washington Post since 2000, and previously covered Congress, the federal bureaucracy, the environment and the D.C. police. Follow https://twitter.com/Fahrenthold

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-presidents-sons-entrusted-their-private-hunting-retreat-to-a-caretaker-he-was-working-in-the-country-illegally/2019/03/06/d86b4e80-35f9-11e9-a400-e481bf264fdc_story.html



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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 04:33 PM

1. Baiting deer with food is generally illegal

is it not?

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 04:58 PM

5. New York laws forbid hunting over bait. But, ...

... it is legal to grow plants that deer happen to like. So, if you have some acreage for a deer-hunting camp, you can plant some acres with attractive plants.

Or, you can hire (cheaply) an illegal immigrant to do the planting for you, thus sparing you from getting dirt under your manicured nails, or raising anything resembling a blister or callus.

What plants do deer like? Based on my back yard, there isn't much that they don't like. My garden's loss is their gain. I generally don't shoot them, except with a camera.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 05:27 PM

7. Planting fields with delicious food IS offering bait to deer. How could it be otherwise?

This seems almost like a canned hunt, for christ's sakes.

Dirty, evil people.

Could not hate them more.

Dirt under nails? Their dirt is in their hearts and minds.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 05:42 PM

10. Problem is proving its been done to bait the deer as someone could and probably would

claim its for their own use or ornamental reasons.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 04:35 PM

2. Hmmm, Wingdale NY. The town where a now-closed psychiatric hospital used to be. Maybe they....

....shouldn't have closed it but admitted Uday and Qusay for serious treatment?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 04:37 PM

3. That would be the trump family modus operandi.

Use people up until they are of no further use to you and then discard them like so much refuse. Except these are real people and real lives and they should matter. But, as we have seen over and over, they simply do not care.
They have never cared . The trump family are the worst kind of trash.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 04:53 PM

4. Trump would rather hire illegals than pay Americans. Until bad publicity comes along.

Trump would rather hire illegals than pay Americans.

Until bad publicity comes along.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 05:01 PM

6. I'd guess some committee will look into the employment relationship.

Did the employer provide health insurance? Did the employer withhold taxes (income, social security, medicare) and file all the proper forms? Or was the person treated as a contractor, then did the employer submit the proper 1099 forms to the employee and to the government?

I don't think Eric can just fire the people and wash his hands of this.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 05:36 PM

8. Susrprise surprise

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 05:40 PM

9. To be fair, working for two Trump sons is the kind of shitty job that only immigrants would take

when they have to avoid scrutiny of their work status. One of them would be bad enough, but two?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 06:51 PM

11. Locking...

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