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The Florida luxury resort is requesting 61 temporary foreign worker visas as it looks to fill 21 cook and 40 server positions, according to U.S. Department of Labor records filed Thursday and Friday.

Trump defended the practice of hiring foreign workers, telling MSNBC's "Morning Joe" it "is very hard to get people in Florida for seasonal jobs". BuzzFeed reported that thousands of workers on either H2-A or H2-B visas have been raped, beaten, abused, starved, imprisoned, or financially exploited by their employers. Furthermore, The New Yorker reported this March, "Since 2010 Mar-a-Lago alone has obtained a total of 500 H-2B visas for seasonal foreign workers".

Chase Scott, an event planner with the Salvation Army, said Trump's decision to give them a $25,000 check after the group held a Christmas event at Mar-a-Lago was not part of an incentive. But it is seeking to pay those cooks slightly less than in 2017: the posting says Mar-a-Lago's pay for cooks starts at $13.31 per hour, down 3 cents from the year before.

Trump's own immigration plan calls for "companies to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed".

Oil holds near $74 as Trump lambasts OPEC to temper price surge
If so, such a boost would be significant for the country's oil production, which hit 10.03 million barrels per day (bpd) in May. OPEC , together with a group of non-OPEC producers led by Russian Federation , reduced output in 2017 to prop up the market.

"People don't want a short-term job", Trump explained.

Other charities that hosted events at Mar-a-Lago and benefited from the Trump Foundation's generosity around the same time were the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, The Palm Beach Police Foundation, the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, the Palm Beach Zoo, and Caron Treatment Centers, among others. "Other hotels do the exact same thing".

Nonprofit placement agency CareerSource Palm Beach County told The Palm Beach Post that there were many Americans eager to work at Mar-a-Lago, and that they agency has a database last November of 5,136 qualified candidates for "various hospitality positions". According to HuffPost, Trump's Florida business has filed at least 10 different requests to hire foreign workers since 2015.

It suggests Trump can not find a sufficient number of Americans in South Florida to work on the non-specialized jobs. The Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Va., is looking for 23 H-2B visas.


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