DNC on Trump Taking Advantage of Foreign Workers
August 8, 2017
In response to reports that President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club briefly advertises jobs to American workers after applying to hire foreign workers, DNC spokesperson Daniel Wessel released the following statement:
“Donald Trump hires foreign workers, not because he can’t find any American workers, but because he can pay them less. Trump taking advantage of cheaper foreign labor, while American workers go unemployed, is the very example of the anti-worker practices that have cost U.S. jobs for decades. Trump says we need to ‘hire American’ and has promised to create jobs, but it is clear that American workers cannot trust him when he won’t even give them a fair shot at employment at his own properties.”
Washington Post: ‘Apply by fax’: Before it can hire foreign workers, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club advertises at home — briefly
By David A. Fahrenthold and Lori Rozsa
President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club needs to hire 35 waiters for this winter’s social season in Palm Beach, Fla.
Late last month, the club placed an ad on page C8 of the Palm Beach Post, crammed full of tiny print laying out the job experience requirements in classified ad shorthand. “3 mos recent & verifiable exp in fine dining/country club,” the ad said. “No tips.”
The ad gave no email address or phone number. “Apply by fax,” it said. The ad also provided a mailing address. It ran twice, then never again.
This was an underwhelming way to attract local job-seekers. But that wasn’t the point. The ads were actually part of Mar-a-Lago’s efforts to hire foreign workers for those 35 jobs.
About a week before the ads ran, the president’s club asked the Labor Department for permission to hire 70 temporary workers from overseas, government records show. Beside the 35 waiters, it asked for 20 cooks and 15 housekeepers, slightly more than it hired last year.
To get visas for those workers, Mar-a-Lago, like other businesses that rely on temporary employees each year, must first take legally mandated steps to look for U.S. workers. That includes placing two ads in a newspaper.