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Trump's Mar-a-Lago wants to hire 61 foreign workers National News

09 July 2018
Trump's Mar-a-Lago wants to hire 61 foreign workers National News

Trump has criticized USA companies for employing foreign workers, but has defended Mar-a-Lago's hiring practices, saying there aren't enough local applicants.

Trump's Palm Beach business filed requests with the U.S. Labor Department for additional visas for foreign servers and cooks, according to records submitted Thursday and Friday.

There's "help wanted" at The Trump Organization's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

If the request is approved, Mar-a-Lago will be allowed to employ the workers from October 2018 until May 2019. Since 2010 Mar-a-Lago alone has obtained a total of 500 H-2B visas for seasonal foreign workers, according to The New Yorker. Cooks and servers will be paid hourly wages of $13.31 and $12.68 respectively.

Incidentally, a former employee told CNN that a large percentage of these seasonal workers are attractive, young women from Romania and South Africa, adding that the President prefers workers with an "exotic appeal". Apart from many other ramifications, it could blow back on his beloved resort as it majorly relies on foreign workers, majority Haitians, to fill seasonal jobs that Americans apparently don't want.

The postings show that - despite Trump's insistence that immigration is holding down wages and crowding out native-born American workers - his club believes it can not find any Americans in South Florida who are qualified to hold two very common restaurant-industry jobs. In the lawsuit filed June 14, she called the Trump Foundation a "little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their goal or legality". The Washington Post reported that Mar-a-Lago only placed two hard-to-find classified ads in tiny type for waiters with no phone number or email information.

The Mar-a-Lago Club has repeatedly used foreign workers in the past.

Its ironical how Trump, whose contempt for immigrants is really no secret, whose presidential campaign was full of promises to bring back American jobs and whose treatment of asylum-seekers has been regarded as a humanitarian crisis - is looking for foreign workers to staff his very own property.

Chase Scott, an event planner with the Salvation Army, said Trump's decision to give them a $25,000 check after the group held a Christmas event at Mar-a-Lago was not part of an incentive.