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.
These so-called H-2B visas are only issued if employers can prove that there aren't enough "able, willing, qualified and available" American workers to perform the jobs in question, and demonstrate that the arrival of foreign workers "will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed US workers, according to the Department of Labor".
In order to obtain H-2B visas, employers are required to prove there aren't enough USA workers who are "able, willing, qualified and available" to do the work. The application to hire waiters was first reported Thursday by BuzzFeed.
In November 2017, the luxury club hired 70 foreign employees for the holiday season, which is something Mar-a-Lago has done in several years.
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The Post found a pattern that showed $25,000 donations were typically given to a charity by the Trump Foundation after an event was relocated to Mar-a-Lago from a different venue.
The Mar-a-Lago Club has repeatedly used foreign workers in the past. Servers would earn $12.68 an hour and cooks would be paid $13.31 an hour. Since 2010 Mar-a-Lago alone has obtained a total of 500 H-2B visas for seasonal foreign workers, according to The New Yorker. In the lawsuit filed June 14, she called the Trump Foundation a "little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their goal or legality".
Last year, after Trump said there were "very fine people" among violent crowds of protesters in Charlottesville, many of Trump's longtime charity clients quit.
Mar-a-Lago's application says the club is using a labor contractor, Petrina Group International, it has relied on to recruit foreign workers in the past.
Charity leaders and event planners told the newspaper that the donations were a surprise and had nothing to do with their decision to change locations to the Palm Beach resort, denying any tit-for-tat business dealings.