Donald Trump has no intention of staffing his Mar-a-Lago resort with American workers for the upcoming tourist season. His plan is to use foreign workers for the winter months and he has gotten permission from the labor department to do it, just like last year.
Some of the foreign workers Trump hires will be paid less than what they were last year. The luckiest of the bunch will see a one percent raise this season.
“As the presidential campaign heated up, Trump won approval to hire 64 foreign workers through the federal government’s H-2B visa program, according to newly released data from the U.S. Labor Department. Last year, Trump was allowed to hire 69 foreign workers at Mar-a-Lago…
…The U.S. Department of Labor gave Trump permission to hire 19 cooks at $12.74 an hour, down from $13.01 an hour last year.
Mar-a-Lago also plans to hire 30 waiters and waitresses at $11.13 an hour (up from $10.99 an hour last year) and 15 housekeepers at $10.17 an hour, up from $10.07 an hour last year.”
During the campaign, Trump railed against immigrants and promised to revamp the entire immigration system (complete with yuuuge wall and deportation forces). He also slammed companies that were moving jobs out of the U.S. and vowed to keep those jobs right here in America.
When it comes to Trump and his own companies, however, he seems to have no problem shipping jobs out of the country or bringing in foreign workers. We’ve all seen the pics of Trump merchandise that is stamped “Made in China,” and Trump was even confronted about the hiring practices at his hotels during a presidential debate. He defended himself by claiming that he couldn’t manage to find American workers to do the jobs.
“It’s very, very hard to get people,” Trump said. “Other hotels do the exact same thing.”
CareerSource Palm Beach County, a nonprofit job placement agency, is calling bullsh*t. They say there are plenty of Americans looking for work who would be more than happy to work at Mar-a-Lago.
“We have hundreds of qualified candidates and hundreds of job orders for various hospitality positions such as servers, chefs, cooks, bartenders, housekeeping, guest services, spa services, recreation, maintenance and more,” CareerSource spokesman Tom Veenstra said.
Venestra added that while Trump has sought dozens of H-2B visas to staff his resort over the years, only one time in the past decade did Trump go through CareerSource to hire for the tourist season. And that one lonely request, which came in 2015, was for one lonely banquet server.
In October of this year, there were approximately 35,766 people who were unemployed and looking for work in Palm Beach County.
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