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A third woman came forward on Thursday to say she worked at President Donald Trump’s New Jersey golf club illegally, telling The New York Times that the human resources department helped her escape being vetted by the Secret Service.

Emma Torres, a 43-year-old unauthorized immigrant from Ecuador, said the staff at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster first came under Secret Service scrutiny during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, when the agency asked for a list of employees.

“When I learned this is for the Secret Service to see the records of everyone because they are giving protection to Mr. Trump, I rushed to human resources,” Torres told The Times, adding that she had used a fake Social Security number to apply for her job. “I thought, ‘God, what will I do?'”

But she said the human resources employee brushed aside her concerns, saying, “It’s OK. No problem,” and scratching Torres’ name off the list. Torres said the woman asked her for the names of other unauthorized workers, which she said she provided.

Torres also said that despite the fact that she wasn’t vetted by Secret Service, one of her responsibilities as a chef’s assistant in the golf club’s kitchen was to make sandwiches for the Secret Service agents who visited the property. She said she quit in early 2017.

Read more: The unauthorized immigrant who makes Trump’s bed at Bedminster and said she is ‘tired of the abuse’ has no idea whether she’ll be deported

President Donald Trump leaves the US Women’s Open Championship at Trump National Golf Club on July 16, 2017 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
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The Secret Service did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.

Torres also said she received praise and tips from Trump when she first began working at the resort in 2015 as a housekeeper. But she told The Times she grew increasingly upset with Trump’s criticisms of immigrants during his campaign.

“When he won the election, fear took over me,” Torres said. “I felt I was in the lion’s den. I had to leave.”

Torres’ story comes just weeks after two other women told The Times they worked at the Bedminster property illegally for years.

One of the women, Victorina Morales, said she was offended by Trump’s rhetoric about immigration and wanted to speak out despite risking deportation.

Read more: An unauthorized immigrant who makes Trump’s bed at his Bedminster golf resort says ‘we are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us’

Attorney Anibal Romero, center, joins his clients Victorina Morales, left, and Sandra Diaz, right, during an interview on Dec. 7, 2018, in New York.
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“We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money,” Morales told The Times in December. “We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation.”

The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment on Torres’ allegations. But in a December 7 statement to The Times, the organization said it would “immediately” terminate any workers found to be using false documents.

Trump has previously come under fire for employing unauthorized immigrants, despite denying the allegations and frequently raging against illegal immigration.

According to legal documents and former employees, Trump used to employ unauthorized immigrants at Trump Tower in New York City and at his modeling agency.

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