Trump Resort Asks For Foreign Worker Visas During “Made In America” Week
While last week the Trump Administration celebrated “Made in America Week”, the President has come under fire for his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, looking to hire more low-wage foreign workers. The Mar-a-Lago resort, referred to by the President as his “Southern White House,” has requested 70 temporary, seasonal visas to hire foreign nationals as cooks, maids, and servers, supposedly jobs that American workers are unwilling to do. While Trump ran for president on a campaign heavy in anti-immigrant rhetoric and urging industry to “Buy American and Hire American,” the administration lifted the annual cap last week, allowing 15,000 additional H2-B guest workers.
Critics of the H-2B Visa program, such as the AFL-CIO, say that the program displaces American workers and depresses wages. Opponents are also concerned that the nature of the visas, in which workers are held virtually captive to a specific employer, can lead to exploitation of H-2B workers.
Trump is also facing “Made In America Week” criticism that products connected to him and Presidential daughter and Trump Advisor Ivanka Trump are made overseas, with Ivanka Trump brand products manufactured exclusively in low-wage countries such as Ethiopia, Vietnam and Bangladesh.