Donald Trump has a mixed rating with many conservatives. Willing to flip-flop on many social issues and issues of character and integrity, the billionaire maintains some staunchly conservative economic views.
From examining the abysmal trade agreements America endures to closing the border and getting back to prioritizing the American worker, Trump’s economic policies have really resonated with Americans.
However, it seems that The Donald does not practice what he preaches. Despite all his blustering about the importance of keeping American jobs for Americans, when building his empire, Trump has utilized foreign workers instead of American ones.
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach is a swanky club that caters to the well-to-do of Florida. However, since 2010, nearly 300 American workers have applied for positions at the club and only 17 of them have been hired. The rest of the positions were filled with foreign applicants from Romania and other nations.
Though Trump continually promises to bring back American jobs that have been forced into exile by punishing taxation and over-regulation, for his stateside club, Trump has opted to disregard the American applicants in favor of foreign ones.
Since 2010, according to the United States Department of Labor, the club in Florida has applied for more than 500 visas for foreign workers while hundreds of Americans have been denied jobs.
Or, put another way, Trump has deliberately chosen to hire foreign workers to fill those jobs that “Americans just won’t do.” 17 out of 300? That’s 5.6 percent. 17 out of 500? That’s 3.4 percent. Bad!
So what’s Trump’s excuse? That’s he’s a businessman and that these are the realities on the ground? That, I’m afraid, won’t wash. When Disney behaved like this, there was a loud and sustained outcry from . . . well, no less than Donald Trump himself. In an interview with Breitbart, Trump argued that Disney should be forced to rehire any Americans it had overlooked or replaced. Trump also said this:
“If I am President, I will not issue any H-1B visas to companies that replace American workers and my Department of Justice will pursue action against them.”
Even more egregious is the fact that H-2B visas are even more dangerous to the American worker than the visas used by Disney.
Disney’s visas could import skilled labor, allowing for the possibility that Disney on occasion required a skillset that was difficult to find in the states.
Trump’s H-2B visas, however, are for unskilled labor, the kind of labor that Trump continually maintains is being occupied by foreigners and depriving low and middle class Americans jobs.
Danny Fontenot, director of the hospitality program at Palm Beach State College, explained,
“You almost have them as indentured servants. And they affect everyone else’s wages. You can make a lot of money by never having to give your employees raises.”
Trump’s business subordinates, however, have defended the practice, maintaining that it is difficult to find help in the high season in Palm Beach.
With a swanky club that likely invites high-tipping elites, it seems almost impossible that the club would have a difficult time filling slots for waiters, valets and housekeepers with Americans when the Obama economy continues to hurt American workers.
What must happen now is a forceful denouncing of this policy by the Trump Campaign. Nothing less than a deep, humble apology can remedy this obvious hypocrisy.
Mr. Trump should apologize for allowing this hiring process to occur, he should apologize for his hypocrisy on the matter and he should articulate what he intends to do about it.
Of course, humility has not appeared to be Mr. Trump’s strong suit, so we should not hold our collective breaths waiting for an explanation for this betrayal of principles and of American workers.