The Trump Winery, also known as Trump Vineyard Estates, LLC, is asking to bring in 23 workers this spring to plant and harvest grapes. The workers are being sought under the federal H-2 visa program, which permits American employers to hire foreign laborers under temporary work visas as long as no qualified U.S. workers want the jobs. The job on the 1,300-acre estate could run through late October.
The latest request is in addition to six workers the winery sought in December. The jobs will pay $11.27 an hour and require workers to labor outside in weather as cold as 10 degrees while “on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time,” according to the job posting.
Since 2003, more than 100,000 foreigners have been brought in under the H-2 program each year. Businesses owned by President Trump or bearing his name have been big users of the program in the past, seeking to hire at least 286 foreign guest workers since he launched his presidential campaign.