Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago files request to hire 61 foreign temporary workers

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago files request to hire 61 foreign temporary 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.

The Mar-a-Lago club asked for 40 H-2B visas for servers and another 21 for cooks.

The president is known to speak about the "Buy American, Hire American" policy on several occasions and has often asked businesses to opt for usa workers. But as a request from the president's Mar-a-Lago golf club to hire 61 people from overseas demonstrates, putting that preference into practice can prove hard.

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 US workers, according to the Department of Labor".

This year, the pay for a cook at Mar-a-Lago starts at $13.31 per hour - down three cents from the year before.

Chase Scott, an event planner with the Salvation Army, said Trump's decision to give them a $25,000 check after the group held a Christmas event at Mar-a-Lago was not part of an incentive.

The seasonal workers would be required to return to their home country once their H-2B visas expire.

"People don't want a short-term job", Trump explained. During the season, you can't get people.

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

Mar-a-Lago's competitors in Palm Beach, including other social clubs and hotels, have also used foreign labor.

The Trump Organization hired at least 1,260 foreign workers from 2001 to 2016, according to a CNN analysis.

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".

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