Friday, July 21, 2017

Trump seeks foreign workers for Florida clubs, including Mar-a-Lago

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 3:46 PM

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President Donald Trump's clubs in Florida are seeking to hire 76 foreign workers because apparently there's no qualified Americans in a nearby radius to take those jobs.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach oceanside resort that Trump calls his "winter White House," is asking the U.S. Department of Labor for permission to hire 35 waiters, 20 cooks and 15 housekeepers on H-2B visas. Trump's golf club in Jupiter is asking the federal government to allow them to hire six cooks.

During his rallies last year, then candidate Trump claimed undocumented immigrants were "stealing" jobs from Americans. But now as commander-in-chief, Trump has raised the limit on H-2B visas for foreign workers from 66,000 visas per year to 81,000, according to Vox. In lifting the cap, the Department of Homeland Security said it was to stop American companies from suffering "irreparable harm" due to a lack of available temporary nonagricultural workers. But that stands in direct conflict with Trump's "Made in America" proclamation this week honoring American workers.

The Times reports that since 2006, Mar-a-Lago has received permission to hire more than 800 H-2B visa guest workers. While Trump has said in the past he can't find local workers, Tom Veenstra, a senior director at CareerSource Palm Beach County, told the Times 2,643 hospitality candidates are currently qualified for the jobs.

"The hospitality industry is Palm Beach County’s largest employer sector and we are expecting considerably higher demand for hospitality talent this fall/winter season compared to past years," Veenstra says, according to the Times.

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