Trump's approval hits new low

Posted at 9:50 AM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 09:50:22-04

(RNN) - Even though President Donald Trump touts efforts to bring back American jobs, his Mar-a-Lago resort seems to have built a wall to keep American workers from applying for seasonal employment there, according to the Washington Post.

In its legally obligated effort to fill jobs with American workers, the Mar-a-Lago golf club in West Palm Beach, FL, posted want ads late last month that appeared twice in the Palm Beach Post, who reported on the seasonal openings.

The want ads, which sought cooks, housekeepers and servers, listed a phone number to fax in applications, as well as a CareerSource office on Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. But the phone number was faulty.

"Alas, the fax number listed in Trump’s recent help-wanted ads doesn’t ring to a fax line. Three times on Monday, the line answered with a recorded voice saying, 'I’m sorry, no one is available to take your call. Thank you for calling. Goodbye,'” the Palm Beach Post said of the ads.

The week before the ads ran, during the Trump administration's "Made in America Week," Mar-a-Lago applied to the U.S. Department of Labor applied for H-2B visas to hire 70 foreign workers as cooks, housekeepers and servers, Buzzfeed reported. In addition, a nearby Trump golf club in Jupiter, FL, applied to hire six foreign cooks.

Companies that apply for the H-2B visas are legally obligated to attempt to hire U.S. workers, the Department of Labor noted.

During a 2016 Republican debate, Trump defended his company's use of the visas, blaming a lack of interest in the job, saying "I take advantage of that. There’s nothing wrong with it. We have no choice."

"Typically, this attempt to recruit U.S. workers is a ritualized failure," the Washington Post said. "Its outcome is usually a conclusion that there are no qualified Americans to hire, justifying the need for the government to issue the visas."

On July 19, the Department of Homeland Security announced it had raised the number of H-2B visas this fiscal year by 15,000 additional visas.

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