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Report: Trump Hired Undocumented Polish Workers in 1980

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By    |   Thursday, 25 Aug 2016 02:17 PM

Donald Trump has denied knowingly using low-paid undocumented Polish workers for 1980 demolition work to make way for Trump Tower — but documents in the case dispute that, Time reports

Time, citing data kept at a federal judiciary storage unit near Kansas City, Mo., reports that Trump allegedly sought out the undocumented Polish workers when he saw them on another job, instigated the creation of the company that paid them, and negotiated the hours they would work.

The papers also contain testimony that Trump repeatedly toured the site where the men were working, directly talked to them about pay problems and even promised to pay them himself, which he eventually did, Time reports.

"The laws were totally different thirty five years ago," the GOP presidential nominee —whose campaign cornerstone is controlling illegal immigration — replied in an emailed statement, Time reports.

"The building, Trump Tower, turned out to be one of the most successful and iconic buildings ever built. Do you have nothing better to write about than a story that is 35 years old and filled with half truths and false information?"

According to Time, the Polish workers' boss, William Kaszycki, testified Trump told him to start a new company to do the demolition work and directed him to get new and different insurance for the job — and accepted Trump's $775,000 fee offer, with a $25,000 bonus if the building came down quickly.

They were paid $4 to $5 an hour, court documents show, which at the time was less than half the prevailing union wage; the state minimum wage at the time was $3.10 an hour, according to Time.

It ultimately was a dispute about workers getting paid that would cause Trump trouble, Time reports, noting the real estate mogul was supposed to pay into a union pension and welfare fund a percentage of every man-hour worked on the project.

The case ran for 15 years and was set to go to trial on the question of whether Trump was the legal employer of the Polish workers when the real estate mogul settled, Time reports.

The deal remains sealed by the court.

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