I’m sorry, but this should really make all Americans who are concerned about jobs in the U.S. mad.
According to The Hill, Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort has asked the federal government to be allowed to hire 70 foreign employees.
And I’m not talking high-end, high-training jobs.
We’re talking cooks, housekeepers and servers.
The jobs would begin on Oct. 1 and end in May 2018, according to the filings. Those positions would take advantage of the H-2B visa program, which allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nations to the country for temporary, nonagricultural work.
The Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter, Fla., also filed a request to hire temporary foreign workers as cooks for the same period of time.
The requests came as the White House celebrates what it has designated “Made in America Week,” highlighting American-made products and re-upping the administration’s emphasis on bringing jobs back to the U.S.
Employers must establish that there are not enough American workers able or willing to fill the temporary positions in order to qualify for H-2B classification.
The cook positions at both Mar-a-Lago and the golf course pay $13.34 per hour, according to the filings. The server jobs pay $11.88 per hour, while the housekeeping positions pay $10.33 per hour.
As a presidential candidate and in his first six months in office, Trump touted the importance of U.S. manufacturing and labor and savaged international trade agreements, saying they have killed American jobs.
It is impossible to believe that there are not 70 people in the Palm Beach area who couldn’t (or wouldn’t) fill jobs for servers or housekeepers.
How this fits into Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” theme makes no sense.
Trump spent the 2016 campaign railing against lost American jobs. He can personally hire 70 Americans right now.