Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago wants to hire dozens of foreign workers

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago wants to hire dozens of foreign workers

Despite his rhetoric that immigration hurts American workers, President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club is seeking to hire 61 foreign workers for the 2018 winter season, according to the Labor Department.

It appears President Donald Trump can not find any Americans willing and able to hold jobs at his favorite weekend getaway: Mar-a-Lago Club.

Mar-a-Lago seeks to hire the 40 foreign waiters and waitresses under the H-2B visa program, which allows American employers to hire foreigners on a seasonal basis if there is not a sufficient supply of qualified Americans. At the end of mentioned period, they would be expected to return home.

For instance, earlier this year, his golf club in Westchester County, N.Y., asked to hire 14 foreign workers to be cooks and waiters, while the Trump Winery near Charlottesville sought to employ 23 foreigners.

The H-2B visas are for temporary non-agricultural workers and employers requesting these must prove that there are not enough workers in the U.S. who are "able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work".

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Another was the Salvation Army, which in the past, held charitable events at both The Breakers and Mar-a-Lago.

Though Mar-a-Lago requested 61 visas, information has not been made public on how many visas it will receive. But the base salary for servers rose to $12.68 per hour this year from $11.88 per hour the year before.

Other Trump businesses have hired foreign workers for temporary jobs. During the season, you can't get people. "But other hotels do the exact same thing". They would begin work in October and continue through May 2019.

Trump's competitors have said the seasonal nature of resort work - which picks up in the fall and drops off in the spring when wealthy snowbirds leave Palm Beach - is not attractive to American workers.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump was asked about the club's practice of hiring foreign workers for the busiest months of the year during one of the Republican primary debates. 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".

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