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Mexican Bus Boy Speaks Out About Working Under Trump Name

Mexican Bus Boy Speaks Out About Working Under Trump Name

By    |   Wednesday, 19 August 2015 06:38 PM

A Mexican bus boy at a restaurant inside a Donald Trump-owned hotel posted a video critical of the GOP presidential contender's remarks about illegal immigrants, declaring "it doesn’t make me proud every day to go to work under his name."

Ricardo Aca, 24, who came to the United States a decade ago and has a work permit, has been at Koi SoHo restaurant inside the Trump SoHo hotel in Manhattan for two years, The New York Times reports.

The restaurant itself isn't owned or operated by the Trump Organization.

"It's important to stand up for what I believe in and to be able to defend myself," Aca tells The Times. "If I do work at Trump SoHo, I have the platform to send this message."

In the film by New Left Media, titled, "Meet the Undocumented Immigrant Who Works in a Trump Hotel," Aca concedes, "I know I could lose my job for just talking about Trump, but it doesn't make me proud every day to go to work under his name."

The video opens with Aca, who describes himself as an undocumented immigrant — though he’s got legal working papers, The Times reports — watching Trump’s description of Mexican criminals, including drug dealers and rapists, who sneak into the United States.

"I was offended because this is not who we are, this is not who I am, this is not anybody I know who is an immigrant," Aca tells the New York Times.

He also defends his self-description as an illegal immigrant.

"I'm in the deferred action program, which I have to renew every two years," he tells The Times. "I consider myself an undocumented immigrant still because it could just be taken away from me at any time."

The Times reports Aca was among the wave of immigrants who came to the country from Mexico as children who have been granted deportation deferrals and work permits under a 2012 program.

"He's got a legal work permit," Trump tells The Times. "I've heard he does a good job. We thought he was an illegal immigrant at first."

Trump has, however, in his immigration plan and interviews opposed the policy that's allowed Aca to stay in the country and work. Trump tells The Times he won't press for any punishment of Aca — yet.

"I want to check his file," he tells The Times.

The restaurant where Aca works has demanded the video be taken down, claiming he's made false and defamatory statements, The Times reports.

"Our company follows the law, and if you are eligible to work at Koi, you can apply," Koi lawyer Suzanne Chou tells The Times.

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