Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Files Request To Hire Foreign Workers - Again

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President Donald Trump may have repeatedly urged US businesses to "hire American", but his own Mar-a-Lago resort doesn't appear to be heeding his call.

According to applications filed this week with the U.S. Labor Department, Mar-a-Lago wants to hire 40 waiters and waitresses at $12.68 an hour and 21 cooks at $13.31.

President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago private club is seeking to hire 61 foreign workers for the upcoming Palm Beach social season, according to filings with the U.S. Department of Labor.

In order to obtain H-2Bs, employers must prove that there are not enough United States workers who are "able, willing, qualified, and available" to do the temporary work. Furthermore, The New Yorker reported this March, "Since 2010 Mar-a-Lago alone has obtained a total of 500 H-2B visas for seasonal foreign workers".

If the request is approved, Mar-a-Lago will be allowed to employ the workers from October 2018 until May 2019.

But, apparently, he himself can opt for foreign workers whenever it suits his goal, 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. Supporters say the program is necessary to keep American businesses afloat and allows seasonal businesses to operate at a greater capacity.

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It suggests Trump can not find a sufficient number of Americans in South Florida to work on the non-specialized jobs. 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.

Nonprofit placement agency CareerSource Palm Beach County told The Palm Beach Post that there were many Americans eager to work at Mar-a-Lago, and that they agency has a database last November of 5,136 qualified candidates for "various hospitality positions". "Workers could apply only by fax or mail".

In January, the resort requested 70 H-2B visas for cooks, housekeepers, and servers.

Trump centered much of his 2016 campaign under the promise of "America first" and "buy American and hire American", both sentiments he continues to push throughout his presidency.

Trump also said that while he doesn't directly manage the hiring at his properties, similar businesses in Palm Beach follow the same practices. "Does that make sense?" Host an event at its own Mar-a-Lago Club.

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