As Donald Trump holds rallies around the country, he routinely talks about how he’s going to bring more jobs to Americans – by keeping workers from other countries out, and by keeping businesses from sending jobs overseas.
The latter point we’ll circle back around to. But as for the first, Trump’s campaign point about ensuring that businesses hire native Americans, not people from abroad, surely has to rank high among his priorities. It is a direct tie to his number one issue, illegal immigration, even if the issue here is broader than that of legality against illegality.
There may be some changes in law he could try to do in effecting some of this. But he may find other businesses resistant to those efforts.
Especially when he would be asking other businesses to do for jobs what he has been demonstrably unwilling to do.
Among many other instances, here’s one noted from Daily Kos:
Mr. “I’m going to bring jobs to America” is bringing jobs to America … and looking for foreign guest workers to fill them. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club and Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter are looking for 78 servers, housekeepers, and cooks.
But instead of making sure those jobs go to Americans, he is seeking to import foreign workers for the positions, which pay $10.17 an hour for housekeepers, $11.13 an hour for servers, and $12.74 for cooks. He filed applications this month claiming he couldn’t find enough Americans to do that work, and is seeking temporary visas to bring in 65 workers at Mar-a-Lago along with another seven waiters and six cooks at the golf club.
A director at a local career services agency tells Buzzfeed that his agency:
… has a database of 1,327 Palm Beach County residents interested in server, cook, and chef positions. He said local hotels are currently seeking his agency’s help to fill more than 856 such jobs. Mar-a-Lago does not appear to be among those that contacted the agency directly, he said, adding that he could not immediately provide information about the Jupiter golf club.