Donald Trump just opened up the visa program he uses at his hotel properties, while cracking down on visas that skilled programmers and refugees from Muslim countries are trying to secure to come to America.
Donald Trump declared that this week is “Made in America Week,” with a post on the White House website claiming, “The well-being of the American citizen and worker will be placed second to none.”
But at the same time, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would be making it easier for businesses like Trump’s hotels to bring in more foreign workers — in the thousands.
The opening up of the border to benefit businesses like Trump’s is occurring at the same time he is still pushing for his discriminatory Muslim ban. He recently had Attorney General Jeff Sessions petition the Supreme Court to block Muslim grandmothers from entering the country, while the courts have rejected much of the details of his would-be ban.
He has also pushed for limits on the H-1B visas used by tech firms like Google, Microsoft, and Apple to bring in programmers to work on their projects.
In a release, DHS said companies “will be able to hire up to 15,000 additional temporary nonagricultural workers under the H-2B program under a final rule that the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor submitted to the Federal Register.”
Trump’s hotels are among the businesses that import foreign labor using the H-2B program. The New Yorker reported that his Florida property, Mar-a-Lago, “has taken advantage of the H-2B program” over the last decade to work as dishwashers, cooks, cleaners, and gardeners.
Trump has claimed that worker shortages meant he had to use foreign labor.
“Getting help in Palm Beach during the season is almost impossible,” he claimed. But a University of Texas economics professor told the New Yorker it was more likely that Trump was being a cheapskate and underpaying his workers, noting, “The idea that there’s a worker shortage means the firm isn’t raising wages.”
Trump and his family do not walk the talk when it comes to “made in America.” He outsources his campaign’s opposition research to Russian operatives, many of the products in his hotel rooms are made overseas, and much of what he sells under the Trump brand are as well.
Meanwhile, his daughter Ivanka’s clothing line also relies on foreign labor working under oppressive conditions. Trump hotel rooms are jam-packed with goods.
The Trump family’s refusal to comply with ethics standards and divest from their multiple holdings means they continue to personally benefits from foreign labor while using the White House to tout the “made in America” message.