In news that’s sure to surprise everyone, Donald Trump is all for American Jobs — unless it’s his company that has to provide them. According to an August 1st report by Reuters, the Teflon Don has requested over a thousand international work visas for his company, some of which may be coming from his favorite place, Mexico.
“I will bring back our jobs and money.”
Trump made waves when he dove into the Republican pool of nominees, calling undocumented Mexican immigrants “rapists” and accusing them of being sent by the Mexican government to cause crime. Rather than repel, however, his words enticed, and he skyrocketed in the polls among the Republican base.
Trump also announced:
I will bring back our jobs from China, Mexico and other places. I will bring back jobs and our money.
When there’s free trade to be had and international laborers who will work cheaper than Americans, nationalism is bad for business. Trump knows this; it’s why his rhetoric was, in traditional Know-Nothing style, empty, and why Trump enterprises requested over a thousand international work visas:
Trump owns companies that have sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since 2000, according to U.S. Department of Labor data reviewed by Reuters.
In the Reuters report, it was noted that most of the visas were granted, and were for a wide range of jobs including cooks, wait staff, vineyard workers, and hotel and banquet management positions. Over two hundred and fifty visa requests were submitted for fashion models.
The visas used by Trump enterprises — the H-2A, H-2B, and H-1B — are all controversial visa programs, especially the H-2A and 2B programs, which receive next to no government oversight:
U.S. government watchdogs have criticized the H-2B and H-2A programs over the years for failing to protect foreign and American workers alike.
In 2003, the Labor Department Inspector General said: “Abuses of these programs may result in economic harm to American workers and businesses, exploitation of foreign workers, and security risks associated with aliens who are admitted to this country by fraudulent means.”
This year, the Government Accountability Office published a report saying that workers in the country on H-2A and H-2B visas have experienced abuse, including being charged illegal recruiting fees, substandard housing and low pay.
And while Reuters didn’t break down the country of origin for the requests, I’m sure it’ll shock everyone to learn that H-2B visas are the most common visas to bring in workers from Mexico, as “Mexicans made up more than 80 percent of the 104,993 admissions to the United States on H-2B visas in 2013,” and “The Trump companies have sought at least 850 H-2B visa workers.”
Like Trump’s phony school, don’t hold your breath hoping to see any questions about this come up during the Republican debate, though. Especially not on Fox.
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