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

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

Trump has criticized USA companies for employing foreign workers, but has defended Mar-a-Lago's hiring practices, saying there aren't enough local applicants.

According to records submitted to the U.S. Labor Department on Thursday and Friday, Mar-a-Lago also filed requests to obtain several visas for non-American servers and cooks, stating that the potential hires would stay in the U.S. for a period of seven months, earning between $12 to $13 an hour, depending on the position.

US President Donald Trump's private Mar-a-Lago golf club in Palm Beach, Florida, has reportedly filed a request with the Department of Labour to hire 61 foreign temporary workers. The H-2B visa is for "temporary non-agricultural workers". They would begin work in October and continue through May 2019.

The New York Times has reported that since 2010, only 17 of 300 American applicants were hired to work at the resort that Trump now calls the "Winter White House" or the "Southern White House".

Trump's foreign hiring spree comes as he took to Twitter to hail the latest USA employment figures, writing 'JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!' The Washington Post reported that Mar-a-Lago only placed two hard-to-find classified ads in tiny type for waiters with no phone number or email information. Many resorts in the Palm Beach area use the program to find seasonal help. "Workers could apply only by fax or mail". 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.

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

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Mr. Trump defended the seasonal hires as necessary for business.

It also states that "the influx of foreign workers holds down salaries, keeps unemployment high, and makes it hard for poor and working class Americans - including immigrants themselves and their children - to earn a middle class wage". "Does that make sense?"

The Mar-a-Lago Club has repeatedly used foreign workers in the past.

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