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Donald Trump champions American workers but keeps using foreign labor in Florida



At Wednesday's rally in Tampa, Donald Trump declared he would be the "greatest jobs president that God ever created," growing opportunity and protecting Americans "from illegal immigration and broken visa programs."

"We have to take care of the people of our country," Trump said.

But this fall, on Florida's other coast, the Republican presidential nominee plans to bring dozens of foreign workers to his Mar-a-Lago Club. They will serve as waiters, cooks and housekeepers.

Trump has been "in-sourcing" for more than a decade, some 800 positions at Mar-a-Lago since 2006. He is currently seeking 13 foreign workers for Trump National Golf Club Jupiter, records show.

He defends the legal practice, saying he can't find other workers. That's simply false, according to a local career center.

"We have hundreds of Palm Beach County residents in the state jobs database who are interested in hospitality jobs," said Tom Veenstra, a senior director at CareerSource Palm Beach County.

What's more, Trump has made minimal effort to tap into the local labor supply.

Mar-a-Lago staff met in September 2015 with the career center but there has been only one banquet server job filled. "We called the HR director after the hire and she said they were pleased with the hire and the candidates we sent them. There has been nothing else since then," Veenstra wrote in an email to the Tampa Bay Times.

The issue shows how Trump's "America first" message has clashed with his business interests, from manufacturing his clothing and other signature products overseas to the foreign workers Mar-a-Lago and other properties employ.

Full story here.

[Last modified: Friday, August 26, 2016 10:02am]


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