The Daily Mail is reporting that Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, has been granted permission to hire 70 foreign workers. The workers will fill open positions during the upcoming busy season that spans from now until late spring.
According to the report, the resort’s managers claim there aren’t enough Americans willing to do the work of housekeepers, cooks, and waiters.
Trump has often defended Mar-a-Lago’s use of foreign workers under the temporary work visa program.
The Daily Mail attempted to get a comment from the Trump Organization, but it claims calls made to Mar-a-Lago went unreturned.
Under requests approved by the U.S. Labor Department, Mar-a-Lago can employ 35 foreign waiters, 20 cooks, and 15 housekeepers to help serve its 500 members beginning in November and ending May 31.
The waiters will receive $11.88 an hour with no tips, the cooks $13.34 an hour, and the housekeepers $10.33 an hour. The waiters’ and cooks’ wages are slightly above the national average for those fields and the housekeepers’ slightly below, according to Labor Department statistics.
Mar-a-Lago has made similar requests in recent years, ranging from 88 employees in 2014 down to 64 last year.
Many other high-end resorts and clubs in Palm Beach County annually receive similar approvals from the government, including 141 foreign employees this year for The Breakers, a historic beachfront hotel near Mar-a-Lago, and 65 for The Polo Club of Boca Raton.
The workers are hired under the H-2B visa program, which is for seasonal, non-agriculture employees and is capped at 66,000 nationally per year.
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