Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Trump’s resort request to hire 61 foreign temporary workers

Trump's Mar-a Lago estate in Palm Beach Trump's Mar-a Lago estate in Palm Beach
Melinda Barton | 09 July, 2018, 01:11

The company's decision over hiring more foreign workers comes amid a broader political debate raging over the Trump administration's immigration policies.

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 club is hiring 40 waiters and waitresses and 21 cooks to work the busy season from October 1 to May 31.

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. It's unclear if they were approved.

The Palm Beach resort reportedly wanted to hire workers who would be employed using H-2B visas-which businesses usually obtain only if they are able to prove they can not find enough American workers to fill the vacancies. In the lawsuit filed June 14, she called the Trump Foundation a "little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their goal or legality".

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.

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

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

The posting for waiters shows Trump wants to hire five more foreigners for those jobs than in 2017.

Trump is a regular weekend visitor to Mar-a-Lago, which he dubbed "the Winter White House".

Despite there being over 5,000 qualified Americans available to work various positions at President Trump's resort, "The Trump Organization hired at least 1,260 foreign workers from 2001 to 2006, according to a CNN analysis".