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09 July 2018, 06:34 | Devin Moran
An aerial view of the Mar-a Lago resort in Palm Beach Florida
Over the past decade, President Donald Trump's private foundation, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to charitable organizations after they hosted events at his private Mar-a-Lago golf club in Palm Beach, Florida.
As per the Job Order Records filed on Thursday and Friday, July 5 and 6, the Florida resort has requested for 61 H-2B visas, 40 of which were for servers, while 21 were for cooks.
Its ironical how Trump, whose contempt for immigrants is really no secret, whose presidential campaign was full of promises to bring back American jobs and whose treatment of asylum-seekers has been regarded as a humanitarian crisis - is looking for foreign workers to staff his very own property. BuzzFeed reported that thousands of workers on either H2-A or H2-B visas have been raped, beaten, abused, starved, imprisoned, or financially exploited by their employers. Since 2010 Mar-a-Lago alone has obtained a total of 500 H-2B visas for seasonal foreign workers, according to The New Yorker. That same week, however, "Mar-a-Lago was applying for foreign worker visas". But it is seeking to pay those cooks slightly less than in 2017: the posting says Mar-a-Lago's pay for cooks starts at $13.31 per hour, down 3 cents from the year before.
If the request is approved, Mar-a-Lago will be allowed to employ the workers from October 2018 until May 2019.
Last year, after Trump said there were "very fine people" among violent crowds of protesters in Charlottesville, many of Trump's longtime charity clients quit.
Trump's foreign hiring spree comes as he took to Twitter to hail the latest United States employment figures, writing 'JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!'
Mar-a-Lago's competitors in Palm Beach, including other social clubs and hotels, have also used foreign labor.
Trump has criticized US companies for employing foreign workers, but has defended Mar-a-Lago's hiring practices, saying there aren't enough local applicants. Many resorts in the Palm Beach area use the program to find seasonal help. According to HuffPost, Trump's Florida business has filed at least 10 different requests to hire foreign workers since 2015.
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