The entire basis of the Donald Trump presidential campaign is that he wants to bring jobs back to America. He’s never said exactly how he’d do that, other than by building a wall, but he’s ignoring his very own pledged with his Mar-A-Lago golf club in Florida. He’s hiring from out of the country.
The jobs are all relatively low-skilled and low-paid. He’s looking to hire 78 servers, housekeepers and cooks for his Palm Beach resort and one nearby in Jupiter, Florida.
The pay ranges from $10.17 an hour to $12.74 an hour. He claims that no Americans would fill the jobs, so he’s asking the government to issue him temporary H-1B Visas.
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment. A call to Mar-a-Lago was not returned, and an employee at the Jupiter golf club declined to comment. But in the past, Trump has defended his use of guest workers by saying there was no other way to fill the jobs.
“You can’t get help,” Trump told MSNBC’s Morning Joe in September. “Getting help in Palm Beach during the season is almost impossible.”
The H-1B Visa program was started with the idea that for some highly skilled jobs, often in the tech industry, it can be difficult to find qualified Americans. Even that is controversial, but the Mar-A-Lago jobs certainly should not qualify. These are the requirements, as listed by the government:
- A bachelor’s degree or higher degree or its equivalent is normally the minimum requirement for the particular position;
- The degree requirement is common for this position in the industry, or the job is so complex or unique that it can only be performed by someone with at least a bachelor’s degree in a field related to the position;
- The employer normally requires a degree or its equivalent for the position; or
- The nature of the specific duties is so specialized and complex that the knowledge required to perform the duties is usually associated with the attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree.
People who work in the service industry are some of the hardest working people on the planet, however, the jobs Trump is looking to fill don’t require college degrees. They really aren’t that specialized and others agree.
Officials at a nearby career services agency have seen it differently. Last year, Tom Veenstra, a senior director at Palm Beach’s career services center, told BuzzFeed News that he had “hundreds of people in our database that would qualify for a lot of those hospitality jobs.”
In an email Wednesday, Veenstra said his agency, which is chartered by the state of Florida, has a database of 1,327 Palm Beach County residents interested in server, cook, and chef positions. He said local hotels are currently seeking his agency’s help to fill more than 856 such jobs. Mar-a-Lago does not appear to be among those that contacted the agency directly, he said, adding that he could not immediately provide information about the Jupiter golf club.
Yes, this looks really hypocritical, and on the surface it is, but it also highlights the biggest problem with Donald Trump’s entire campaign. All he proposes is the wall. He proposes nothing about the employers who hire undocumented, or in this case documented, workers over Americans who would be more than happy to do the jobs.
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