Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Files Request To Hire Foreign Workers Again
Just over a year after President Donald Trump signed his “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida has filed for granted permission to hire 61 foreign workers.
Trump’s Palm Beach business filed petitions with the U.S. Labor Department for additional visas for foreign servers and cooks, according to records submittedThursday and Friday. The employees would work October through the following May. Servers would earn $12.68 an hour and cook $13.31 an hour.
Since late 2015, Mar-a-Lago has filed 10 separate requests for multiple temporary work visas for foreign employees.
The New York Times has reported that since 2010, only 17 of 300 American applicants were hired to work at the resort that Trump now calls the “Winter White House” or the “Southern White House.” Since 2010, Mar-a-Lago has obtained a total of 500 H-2B visas for seasonal foreign workers, according to The New Yorker.
The Trump Organization hired at the least 1, 260 foreign workers from 2001 to 2016, according to a CNN analysis. Trump appears to prefer foreign workers at his resorts who are female, young, attractive and with Romanian or South African accents that communicate an “exotic appeal, ” former workers told the network.
But in a similar situation last year, Mar-a-Lago apparently didn’t make much of an effort to find American workers. The Washington Post reported that the resort only placed two hard-to-find classified ads in tiny form for waiters, and provided no phone number or email information. Employees could apply only by fax or mail. The ads were posted a week after Mar-a-Lago asked the Labor Department for granted permission to hire 70 foreign workers, which was granted last November.
Nonprofit placement agency CareerSource Palm Beach County told The Palm Beach Post that many Americans were eager to work at Mar-a-Lago, and that relevant agencies had a database last November of 5, 136 qualified candidatesfor “various hospitality positions.”
Despite Trump railing about U.S. immigration policy — for both the undocumented and documented — his government made an extra 15, 000 H-2B visas available for businesses in May.
Trump said then: “We believe undertakings must be offered to American workers first. Does that make sense? ”