One of Trump’s main platforms during his campaign, was to make those American companies that hire foreign workers suffer. However, now it seems that he just hired a group of workers on H-1B foreign visas to work his hotels.
Trump said he would charge a hefty 35% tax for “any business that leaves our country for another country, fires its employees, [or] builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and … sell[s] its product back into the U.S.” CNN article
We have to take back jobs from Japan, and Vietnam, and Mexico, and virtually everybody that’s taking our jobs and ruining our manufacturing base. And we have to put people to work. Because the real unemployment number is probably 21%. People give up looking for jobs. And they no longer become a statistic. And it’s very unfair. So we have to put our country back to work. We have to get great jobs for people and good paying jobs for people. And we’re going to be just fine.
Those words were like daffodils to some of his supporter’s ears. Those same mid-America supporters whose jobs were sent overseas were easily persuaded with those words. And had Trump not acquired that devoted and loyal group of mid-American supporters, likely he would not be where he is today.
But also during the campaign it was revealed how HE had hired foreigners. In fact, the majority of people working at his hotels and on his construction sites were acquired on H-2B visas. In just his Mar-a-lago hotel, Trump has hired hundreds of foreign workers.
But Trump had something of an enlightenment during the campaign. Perhaps, in his supporters, he witnessed the devastation caused by hiring foreigners. Therefore, he changed his opinion:
I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program.
While he was telling America how he wanted to stop Americans from hiring foreigners, it turns out that he was actually hiring 64 foreigners through the federal government’s H-2B visa program.
The U.S. Department of Labor allowed Trump to hire 19 cooks at $12.74 an hour, 30 waiters and waitresses at $11.13 an hour and 15 housekeepers at $10.17 an hour. Palm Beach Post article
If you feel jilted because you voted for Donald Trump, this might make you feel better. Despite the fact that he blatantly lied regarding hiring foreign workers, he is paying them less money than he did last year.