David Fahrenthold, of The Washington Post, won a Pulitzer Prize for his “dogged reporting of Trump’s philanthropy,” or lack thereof, and his misogynist comments about women. Now he’s exposing Trump again. In a direct contradiction to Trump’s “America First” statements, he’s hiring up foreign workers. And he seems just fine with that contradiction, basically excusing it as business as usual.
This time, it’s about Trump’s Mar-a-Lago “Winter White House,” just as it gears up for the holiday season re-opening. Turns out Trump is hiring even more foreign workers again, even though the charity galas at Mar-a-Lago will be much less frequent this year due to Trump’s alienating words about a racist rally in Charlottesville.
The "hire American" does NOT apply to properties or companies owned by Donald Trump, Ivanka, Donald Jr. or Eric. https://t.co/WhVMfiptvb
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) November 6, 2017
The Post’s Cleve R. Wootson Jr. reported on Fahrenthold’s findings: Trump secured 70 foreign workers this season, even though he pledged to hire American workers and has been criticized for his hypocritical practices before during the presidential campaign by Marco Rubio and others. Trump’s administration reportedly put out tiny help wanted newspaper ads out as a requirement first, but only provided a fax number to apply.
In response to past criticism of his practice at Mar-a-Lago, Trump responded:
“It’s very, very hard to get people. But other hotels do the exact same thing. . . . This is a procedure. It’s part of the law,” he said. “I take advantage of that. There’s nothing wrong with it. We have no choice.”
Trump did have a choice about inflaming his xenophobic base over immigrants from Mexico and other countries he chose to ban. There are also reports he had thousands of qualified Floridians he could have hired.
The temporary job openings at Mar-a-Lago, as well as thousands of others in Florida created by an influx of snowbirds to the sunshine state in winter, are often given to immigrants granted temporary visas. But Trump’s decision to do it again is more clear evidence that his anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies are just about appeasing his remaining bigoted base.
Even though Trump used divisive rhetoric about companies that hire immigrants, he got his permission from the Labor Department to hire 70 foreign staff his palatial resort, where he is expected to spend time at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
Though you probably never heard the news, much less his base, Trump increased H-2B visas by 15,000 for fiscal year 2017, according to a report from Slate. The Department of Homeland Security justified the increase with a statement that U.S. businesses are “in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary nonagricultural workers.”
Hmmm…wonder why….So rather than offer immigrants a path to citizenship, Trump would rather demonize them to his base and offer them temporary work visas instead. How very Republican.
Slate reported that the H-2B visas will go to 20 cooks, 35 waiters, and 15 housekeepers. A local nonprofit job placement agency claimed that Trump could have pulled from 5,136 qualified candidates in Palm Beach County who could have taken the hospitality positions.
WP TV in West Palm Beach reported that 20 charities canceled or moved their events at Mar-a-Lago after Trump’s remarks that white nationalist neo-Nazis rallying in Charlottesville contained “many fine people” violently protesting the removal of a Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee on his horse.
Charities that won’t be having events there this year:
- The American Cancer Society, Cleveland Clinic
- The International Red Cross
- The Salvation Army
- Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization
- The Dana Farber Cancer Institute
- Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
One charity affiliated with televangelist Pat Robertson’s Christain Broadcasting Network decided to hold a gala at Mar-a-Lago for the first time. Big surprise, since it’s connected to extremist Pat Robertson.
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