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.
The Mar-a-Lago club asked for 40 H-2B visas for servers and another 21 for cooks.
While our big, sweaty grandpa president is busy tweeting that immigrants don't deserve due-process in immigration courts, the business bearing his name (which he pretty much still runs) is trying to hire more foreign workers.
Mar-a-Lago - dubbed the "Winter White House" - was for the 2017-2018 season given permission to hire 70 foreign maids, cooks and servers.
These so-called H-2B visas are only issued if employers can prove that there aren't enough "able, willing, qualified and available" American workers to perform the jobs in question, and demonstrate that the arrival of foreign workers "will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed USA workers, according to the Department of Labor".
For all his tough talk on immigration from his election campaign to the ongoing migrant crisis brought about by his draconian policies, it seems rather freaky Trump wants foreign workers over USA residents for his beloved resort.
The club is hiring 40 waiters and waitresses and 21 cooks to work the busy season from October 1 to May 31. 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". Host an event at its own Mar-a-Lago Club. "It's very, very hard to get people".
Moreover, other Trump businesses have relied on foreign workers for temporary jobs that are apparently not that appealing for the locals. "But other hotels do the exact same thing".
Trump has been criticized for his hiring practices by Floridians who claim they want to work and have been turned down for Mar-a-Lago jobs for no apparent reason. Apart from many other ramifications, it could blow back on his beloved resort as it majorly relies on foreign workers, a lot of them Haitians, to fill seasonal jobs that Americans apparently don't want.