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Despite tough stance on immigration, Trumpís companies hire many foreigners
Miami Herald ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | Brenda Medina

Posted on 01/12/2018 10:58:27 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom

As a candidate and as president, Donald Trump’s position and comments on immigration have been controversial.

But while the president condemns illegal immigration and eliminates protections for some immigrant groups, his companies depend on foreign labor, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor.

At least one Trump hotel also depends on immigrant labor or descendants of immigrants: Trump National Doral Miami.

During a campaign event in October 2016, Trump said that 80 percent of the hotel’s employees are Latinos, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

At the event, Trump encouraged his hotel employees “to step forward with their praise” about “working for Trump.”

“Many spoke of their home countries — Cuba, Haiti, Chile,” the article said.

Over the past decade, Trump companies have applied for almost 1,000 visas for foreign workers, hundreds of whom ended up employed at the Mar-a-Lago Club, the luxury Trump family-owned hotel in Palm Beach, according to a Univision analysis with data of the Department of Labor.

According to an article in the Palm Beach Post published on Nov. 3, Trump companies obtained permission to hire 70 waiters, cooks and cleaning staff for Mar-a-Lago Club for the 2017-2018 tourist season. The company pays the cooks $13.34 an hour, the waiters $11.88 and the cleaning employees $10.33 an hour, according to the newspaper.

The employees hired by Mar-a-Lago are mostly from Romania, according to a New York Times February 2016 article, also based on public records from the federal government.

On Thursday, President Trump allegedly made new disparaging comments about immigrant communities. The Washington Post reported that Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries” during a discussion at the White House with lawmakers on immigration policy.

On Friday morning, Trump took to Twitter to address the issue. He admitted that he’d used “tough” language but denied using the reported “shithole” phrase. At least one congressman at the White House meeting, Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, said media reports of the derogatory term “are accurate.”

Trump has said in previous reports that he hires foreigners because “it is almost impossible” to get “qualified people” to clean, work in the kitchen or serve in the restaurants of his hotels during the high season.

However, the employment agency in Palm Beach County, where Mar-a-Lago is located, has said that Trump’s company rarely turns to them to look for employees, even though they have people who want the jobs.

Tom Veenstra, spokesman for that agency, told the Palm Beach Post in November: “While Mar-a-Lago asks the federal government for dozens of H-2B visas [for foreign workers] every tourist season, the private club rarely asks CareerSource for help finding a local employee.”

In 2015, the hotel put in one request for a single banquet server.

The practice of hiring temporary visa workers (H-2B) is common in the tourism industry, and other hotels in Palm Beach also heavily rely on temporary foreign employees. However, the president has publicly denounced U.S. companies that have moved their factories to Mexico and other countries and has insisted on prioritizing American workers.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: trumpworld; workforce
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Trying to bash the President's stance on immigration by highlighting the fact that his companies hire LEGAL immigrants is not doing a very good job of making your case.
1 posted on 01/12/2018 10:58:27 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

The lying Fake News media refuses to distinguish between legal immigrants vs. illegals.


2 posted on 01/12/2018 11:03:26 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj ("It's Slappin' Time !")
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

“At least one Trump hotel also depends on ... descendants of immigrants”.

Since logically this includes pretty much all of us, I wonder what moron wrote this article ...


3 posted on 01/12/2018 11:03:43 PM PST by Vesparado (The American people know what they want and they deserve to get it good and hard --- HL Mencken)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

No, he has a track record of hiring illegals.


4 posted on 01/12/2018 11:03:58 PM PST by nickcarraway
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he’d be a racist if he didn’t. dammed if you do...


5 posted on 01/12/2018 11:09:56 PM PST by 867V309 (Lock Her Up)
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To: 867V309

He hired lots of stern Europeans.


6 posted on 01/12/2018 11:15:10 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

No he does NOT and your constant anti-Trump/Trump bashing U& trashing posts are usually lie filled, as this one is.


7 posted on 01/12/2018 11:26:28 PM PST by nopardons
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To: nopardons

No, it’s not. By the way, do you know what business Trump was in?


8 posted on 01/12/2018 11:28:17 PM PST by nickcarraway
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I probably know far better than you do, nick, and you’re lying about his hiring illegals.


9 posted on 01/12/2018 11:31:09 PM PST by nopardons
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Despite tough stance on immigration, Trump’s companies hire many foreigners

Trump hasn't taken a tough stand on immigration. He's taken a tough stand on illegal aliens - there's a difference, no matter how much the Democrats and the media try to brainwash us.
10 posted on 01/12/2018 11:39:50 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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I probably know far better than you do, nick, and you’re lying about his hiring illegals.

nicky is a well known troll, but it's hard to resist feeding it.


11 posted on 01/12/2018 11:41:14 PM PST by 867V309 (Lock Her Up)
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I probably know far better than you do

Know more about Trump?

12 posted on 01/12/2018 11:49:39 PM PST by nickcarraway
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Sorry, I lived in the NYC area, I knew about Trump since the 80's. First, Trump was in building, one of the industries that hires the most illegals. It would be a huge story if they didn't/ Second, he paid over $1 million in labor fines for hiring foreigners. In one project he brought in tons of workers from Poland.

You can pretend it isn't true. That's what Democrats do.

What's next? Are you going to deny that in 2012 Trump didn't attack Romney as being too tough on immigration: Donald Trump: Mean-Spirited GOP Won’t Win Elections

13 posted on 01/12/2018 11:56:45 PM PST by nickcarraway
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I’m a troll? I was on this sight 11 years before you. I was on when most were real conservatives, before the wave of liberal posters started in 2012.


14 posted on 01/12/2018 11:58:09 PM PST by nickcarraway
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I’m a troll? I was on this sight 11 years before you.

Congratulations on your troll staying power! Salute!


15 posted on 01/13/2018 12:06:57 AM PST by 867V309 (Lock Her Up)
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>No, he has a track record of hiring illegals.

So? Why should I care when his actual policy proposals are so good for me and my country.


16 posted on 01/13/2018 12:07:15 AM PST by JohnyBoy (The GOP Senate is intentionally trying to lose the majority.)
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Keeping ACA, kowtowing to Iran, and giving special rights to illegals are good for you and your country? What country are you from, Mexico, Iran?


17 posted on 01/13/2018 12:11:27 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: 867V309

Only a liberal think being a conservative means being to a troll. AWhy have you gone so far to the left in the last year?


18 posted on 01/13/2018 12:12:27 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: 867V309

He didn’t used to be, but now he certainly is.


19 posted on 01/13/2018 12:14:31 AM PST by nopardons
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To: nickcarraway

Yes and many other things as well.


20 posted on 01/13/2018 12:15:02 AM PST by nopardons
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