By Sahid Fawaz
President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort came under fire recently for bringing in foreign workers.
Its response doesn't appear to be designed to actually recruit American workers.
"President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort is known for its opulence, though it seems to have skimped in its quest to find American workers.
Advertisements placed in the Palm Beach Post informed the public about the waiter jobs at the commander-in-chief’s Florida getaway, but were printed in small text and included the requirement that applications be sent in by fax.
The ads for cooks, housekeepers and waiters, were published in late July and came after the resort asked — during the Trump Administration’s “Made in America Week” — to be allowed to hire more foreign workers.
Applications for H-2B visa workers are allowed when employers say there are not enough qualified U.S. residents to fill the positions.
Companies such as Mar-a-Lago are required to make steps to find Americans before going the cheaper foreign route, including placing two newspaper ads and contacting U.S. employees who have been let go.
It was not clear why Team Trump did not think any local Floridians were suited for jobs at the place that’s marketed as the “Winter White House,” though Trump previously said the hundreds of Americans who’ve applied for jobs there since 2010 were not qualified.
Others have pointed to the need for temporary workers during the tourist season.
The Palm Beach Post ad said that potential waiter hires should have recent experience in fine dining, and would be getting paid at least $11.88 an hour.
Cooks get at least $13.34 and housekeepers receive $10.33, with all three positions having including possible housing and travel reimbursement options.
The ads themselves tell potential Trump employees to fax résumés to a Florida number, though calls to that number were met with an automated voice system rather than a fax machine."
For the rest of the story, check out the Daily News piece here.