Trump's Mar-a-Lago seeks to hire 61 foreign workers

Pauline Gross
July 9, 2018

Despite his rhetoric that immigration hurts American workers, President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club is seeking to hire 61 foreign workers for the 2018 winter season, according to the Labor Department.

Trump also said that while he doesn't directly manage the hiring at his properties, similar businesses in Palm Beach follow the same practices.

The posts appeared Thursday on the Department of Labor website, showing the Florida club is searching for 21 cooks and 40 waiters and waitresses. At the end of that term, the workers would be expected to return home.

"It's called Palm Beach social season", then-candidate Trump told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos during a 2016 interview in Colorado Springs.

The West Palm Beach senior care charity MorseLife Foundation received a $25,000 donation from the foundation in 2012, the after it moved its annual dinner dance to Mar-a-Lago. 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.

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In order to obtain the H-2B visas required for non-agricultural workers, employers must prove that there are not enough Americans willing to do the work - which Trump has insisted is the case. The base salary his club is offering to waiters is higher in 2018: It rose from $11.88 per hour last year to $12.68 per hour this year. 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 objective or legality".

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

Other Trump businesses have hired foreign workers for temporary jobs.

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. Many resorts in the Palm Beach area use the program to find seasonal help. Trump's golf club in Westchester County, N.Y., asked to hire 14 foreign staff for cook and server spots.

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