Despite tough stance on immigration, Trump’s companies hire many foreigners

miamiherald | 1/12/2018 | Staff
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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.

Trump - Hotel - Labor - Descendants - Immigrants

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.

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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.

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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.

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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....
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