Trump’s Virginia Winery Is Looking To Hire 23 Foreign Guest Workers
Trump Vineyard Estates, LLC is once again looking to hire temporary foreign workers to work the land, according to Buzzfeed News — this time requesting 23 laborers, per the Department of Labor petition.
The foreign workers were requested under the H-2 visa program, “which allows US employers to hire foreign laborers on a temporary basis as long as no qualified US workers want the jobs.”
The work on the 1,300-acre estate, which pays $12.25 an hour, would start in mid-March and could run through late October.
The posting Monday did not describe working conditions. In the past, however, the winery’s applications have warned that workers would have to labor outside in weather as cold as 10 degrees while “on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time.”
President Trump’s businesses have requested more than 600 temporary foreign workers since he announced his bid for the Oval Office, many of whom have worked as servers and housekeepers at Mar-a-Lago.
In defense of the practice, Trump has previously said it is “almost impossible” to find Americans willing to do such jobs.
Buzzfeed noted that the winery’s website says it “is a registered trade name of Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC, which is not owned, managed, or affiliated with Donald J. Trump or any of his affiliates,” and news reports indicate that the president handed off the operation to his son in 2012.
But the president has also spoken of the company as though it remains under his control:
In July 2015, shortly after launching his presidential campaign, Donald Trump hosted a campaign event at the winery. He later tweeted a link to a related Time article titled “Trump Talks Politics at His Virginia Winery.”
In August 2017, Trump told reporters that he owned the winery.