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A private club in Palm Beach is the Trump company that requested the most U.S. work visas for foreign nationals.

While the president-elect threatens businesses that hire outside of America, his own companies have requested almost 1,000 work visas for foreigners since 2008. Only 2 weeks before being elected, his private club Mar-A-Lago received an authorization to hire 64 temporary workers
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8 Dic 2016 – 11:11 AM EST
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While the president-elect promises to bring back jobs to the country and threatens companies with foreign operations with higher taxes, his own companies often request visas to bring foreign labor to the U.S.

Just this year, the Department of Labor approved 107 work permits, mostly for cooks, waiters and maids, to work at his hotels and golf clubs. He also requested 19 agricultural workers to work at his vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Since 2008, Trump’s companies have requested permits to bring 980 foreign workers, almost all of them for temporal work under H-1B and H-2B visas, according to the analysis carried out by Univision Data with the figures from the Department of Labor. 77% of the permits were requested for his private club Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Trump companies that asked for most work visas
A private club in Palm Beach is the Trump company that requested the most U.S. work visas for foreign nationals.

The Mar-A-Lago Club

757

Jupiter

Golf Club

Trump

Vineyard

Estates

41

58

Other

companies

34

Trump

Model

Management

Trump Int'l

Hotel &

Tower C.

39

Trump National

Golf Club LLC

18

33

The Mar-A-Lago Club

757

Jupiter

Golf Club

Trump

Vineyard

Estates

41

58

Other

companies

34

Trump

Model

Management

39

Trump Int'l

Hotel &

Tower C.

Trump National

Golf Club LLC

33

18

The Mar-A-Lago Club

757

Trump Model

Management

Jupiter Golf

Club

39

41

Trump Vineyard

Estates

58

Other

companies

Trump Int'l Hotel

& Tower C.

34

Trump National

Golf Club LLC

18

33

Trump Model

Management

Other

companies

39

34

Trump National

Golf Club LLC

The Mar-A-Lago Club

Trump Vineyard

Estates

757

33

58

Jupiter Golf

Club

41

Trump Int'l Hotel

& Tower C.

18

SOURCE: U.S. Labor Department | UNIVISION

In August, weeks before Trump was elected president, Mar-A-Lago –where the businessman celebrated many of his campaign events– received a permit to bring 64 foreign workers through H-2B visas. The payment for those foreign workers varies between $10,17 per hour for maids and $12,74 for cooks.

The work permits are valid for eight months, between October 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017, to cover the winter season, which is the highest tourism season in Florida.

Trump’s businesses like foreign labor
Since 2008, the president-elect’s companies –especially his Mar-A-Lago club in Florida– requested visas to employ almost 1000 foreigners. This year alone they filed for 110 visas.
FUENTE: U.S Labor Department | UNIVISION

This year, another of Trump’s companies also requested a permit to bring a development and training specialist from Singapore to New York. Moreover, he was denied two permits to bring workers to the National Golf Club Charlotte in Mooresville, North Carolina.

On November 21st, Trump announced that one of his priorities in his first day as president is promoting initiatives to bring jobs back. He also claimed he would request the Department of Labor “to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.”

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Last Sunday, December 3, Trump threatened on twitter to raise taxes for those companies that use foreign labor and still want to operate in the United States.

Recently, Trump managed to retain 800 jobs that Carrier planned to move from Indiana to Mexico by offering them $7 million in incentives.

“This is how it’s going to be. Corporate America is going to have to understand that we have to take care of our workers also” Trump said to the New York Times, the same day he announced his deal with Carrier.

From the beginning of his campaign, Trump’s immigration plan took a hard stance against foreign labor. He proposed restrictions to temporary work visas, with the purpose of helping the unemployed people in the United States “as opposed to bringing more cheap foreign labor,” highlights the document.

What Trump doesn’t usually say is that his own companies often use those foreign labor programs, although his message changes depending on where he is. In one of the first Republican debates, on October 28, 2015, he walked back his position, saying he would allow immigrant workers in the United States.

“You can do it with a work permit, with visas, or whatever you want. If we need people, it’s fine, but they have to come legally,” he said.

Most of the visas are for hotels
60% percent of the foreign workers that came to Trump’s companies came to the U.S. to work as waiters or cooks in one of his hotels, especially in the Mar-A-Lago club.
FUENTE: U.S. Labor Department | UNIVISION

The data we analyzed shows that in the last eight years Trump’s companies have also brought builders, restaurant managers, executives and janitors for his golf clubs in New York, New Jersey and Florida.

According to the State Department, in average, between 70% and 83% of the foreign workers that come to the U.S. with H-1B and H-2B visas are Mexican.

This year, the Department of Labor authorized permits for thousands of companies to bring about 1.7 million foreign workers to the country, through the same visa programs.

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