President Donald Trump’s private club in Florida is asking for 40 more temporary foreign workers, bringing the total requested by Mar-a-Lago since Trump announced his bid for the presidency to more than 240.
The request comes as the Trump administration’s policies regarding foreigners seeking to enter the country are facing sharp criticism. Trump has also been a strong proponent of US companies hiring fewer foreign workers and more American employees.
But in the case of Mar-a-Lago, he has defended the use of temporary foreign workers by saying that it is “very, very hard to get help” during the Florida tourist season.
The most recent request, according to records posted by the Department of Labor on Thursday, is seeking 40 workers to fill waiter and waitress positions.
Since Trump launched his presidential campaign in June 2015, businesses owned by him or bearing his name have sought to hire more than 480 foreign guest workers, including more than 240 for Mar-a-Lago.
If the Department of Labor approves the requests, the club will be allowed to employ the workers from October 2018 through May 2019. The jobs would pay $12.68 per hour, with the possibility of additional overtime.