President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort just announced plans to hire 70 foreign workers over the winter, a 9% increase from the 64 foreign workers who worked there last season.
According to the Palm Beach Post, this is a common practice in Palm Beach County. Trump, however, famously made undocumented immigration a central part of his campaign, and has regularly smeared other companies such as Carrier Corp. and Ford Motor for moving their jobs to Mexico.
When challenged by Sen. Marco Rubio at a Republican primary debate about his own foreign hiring in 2016, Trump took a more moderate stance on the issue.
“It’s very, very hard to get people,” Trump said. “Other hotels do the exact same thing.”
A job placement agency in Palm Beach has told the Post that they had 5,136 qualified American citizens willing to work at Mar-a-Lago. A spokesman for the agency says that Mar-a-Lago regularly requests dozens of H-2B visas for foreign workers from the federal government, but almost never solicits their agency for American labor. The last request was in 2015, for one banquet server.
Immigrants have been cited as being “essential to economic growth in America” by many economic experts. Trump’s White House has painted a different picture, saying a crackdown on both legal and illegal immigration is needed to “defend the safety and security of our country; and protect American workers and taxpayers.”
Last month, the Trump announced a series of harsh immigration principals which includes securing funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall, cracking down on federal grants for sanctuary cities, and ending permits for the 690,000 young immigrants currently employed under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.