Mar-a-Lago seeks to hire the 40 foreign waiters and waitresses under the H-2B visa program, which allows American employers to hire foreigners on a seasonal basis if there is not a sufficient supply of qualified Americans.
Trump defended the practice of hiring foreign workers, telling MSNBC's "Morning Joe" it "is very hard to get people in Florida for seasonal jobs". The Mar-a-Lago club is just one example, Trump's golf club in NY and Trump Winery in Virginia also hired dozens of foreign workers. The application to hire waiters was first reported Thursday by BuzzFeed.
Previous year the club hired 70 foreign workers under the H-2B visa program, which is for seasonal, non-agriculture employees.
Another was the Salvation Army, which in the past, held charitable events at both The Breakers and Mar-a-Lago.
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The club seeks to hire the non-American employees as the Trump administration cracks down on illegal entry into the United States with a so-called "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. But it is seeking to pay those cooks slightly less than in 2017: the posting says Mar-a-Lago's pay for cooks starts at $13.31 per hour, down 3 cents from the year before.
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"People don't want a short-term job", Trump explained. "Other hotels do the exact same thing". Apart from many other ramifications, it could blow back on his beloved resort as it majorly relies on foreign workers, majority Haitians, to fill seasonal jobs that Americans apparently don't want. According to HuffPost, Trump's Florida business has filed at least 10 different requests to hire foreign workers since 2015.
In 2017, Trump urged employers to "hire American" in his inaugural address before turning around, raising the national cap on H-2 visas issued yearly, and then nearly immediately applying for 76 new foreign-worker jobs at Mar-a-Lago.