President-elect Trump has recently stated his dissatisfaction with the detente between the U.S. and Cuba.
His campaign focused on the plight of U.S. middle-class workers unemployed due to a supposed exodus of companies seeking lower labor costs outside the U.S.
In an apparent contradiction to his convictions, the U.S Labor Department recently awarded Trump approval to hire 64 foreign workers through the federal government’s H-2B visa program at his giant members-only club and personal Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago.
Yet, CareerSource Palm Beach County, a nonprofit job placement agency, says it knows plenty of American citizens willing to work at Mar-a-Lago.
“We have hundreds of qualified candidates and hundreds of job orders for various hospitality positions such as servers, chefs, cooks, bartenders, housekeeping, guest services, spa services, recreation, maintenance and more,” CareerSource spokesman Tom Veenstra said.
According to the Palm Beach Post, while Mar-a-Lago asks the federal government for dozens of H-2B visas every tourist season, the private club has asked CareerSource for help finding a local employee only once in the past decade, Veenstra said. That was a 2015 request for a single banquet server.
In a strange twist for the annals of solidarity, Cuba and Trump are both engaging in employing foreign workers for reasons of economic expediency.
In Cuba, the presence of foreign workers has stirred up controversy due to Cuba’s communist-socialist economic model that is intended to protect and support all members of society. Many Cubans fail to understand why Indian labor force is paid 10 times as much as Cubans are paid for the same work.