President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago private club is seeking to hire 61 foreign workers for the upcoming Palm Beach social season, according to filings with the U.S. Department of Labor.
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.
Mar-a-Lago - dubbed the "Winter White House" - was for the 2017-2018 season given permission to hire 70 foreign maids, cooks and servers.
In order to obtain H-2Bs, employers must prove that there are not enough USA workers who are "able, willing, qualified, and available" to do the temporary work.
BuzzFeed spotted the job listings Thursday, which were made despite Trump crowing that immigrants are holding down wages and taking jobs from American-born workers.
According to this week's filing, the cooks would be paid at least $13.31 an hour and the servers would be paid at least $12.68 an hour.
The Mar-a-Lago Club has repeatedly used foreign workers in the past.
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Trump appears to prefer foreign workers at his resorts who are female, young, attractive, and with Romanian or South African accents that convey an "exotic appeal", former workers told the network. "Other hotels do the exact same thing".
The Florida resort requested 61 H-2B visas, which are visas for temporary non-agricultural workers.
The newspaper reported almost 300 USA workers had applied or been referred for jobs as waiters, waitresses, cooks and housekeepers but only 17 were hired.
According to the Palm Beach Post, its review of the Trump Foundation's tax records found a frequent pattern of charities receiving donations after they moved their events to Mar-a-Lago.
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.