Mar-a-Lago files request to hire 40 foreign temporary workers

An aerial view of the Mar-a Lago resort in Palm Beach Florida

Despite touting a campaign slogan of "America First", Trump has defended the hiring of foreign workers.

NEW YORK-President Donald Trump's private Palm Beach resort is seeking permission from the government to hire 40 additional temporary foreign workers to staff Mar-a-Lago during the ritzy Florida community's busy season, according to United States Department of Labor records released Thursday.

These workers will be taken onboard from October until May and the wages have been set at $12.68 per hour for the servers and $13.31 for the cooks, reported Buzzfeed News.

But, apparently, he himself can opt for foreign workers whenever it suits his objective, as a 2016 New York Times report revealed the club has filed for 500 visas for foreign workers through the Department of Labor since 2010.

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.

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".

Trump's foreign hiring spree comes as he took to Twitter to hail the latest U.S. employment figures, writing 'JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!'

In order to obtain H-2B visas, employers are required to prove there aren't enough US workers who are "able, willing, qualified and available" to do the work. 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.

Critics of the visa program claim it is a tool employers can use to exploit vulnerable foreign workers and represses wages for American workers by providing a cheap labor source for companies.

What is the H-2B visa?


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.

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



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