Amid his campaign to return American jobs in the country, President-elect Donald Trump seemed to develop a conflict of interest on the matter. Upon asking the help of the U.S. Department of Labor, Trump Vineyard now seeks to hire more foreign workers for the upcoming seasonal job in Virginia.
Trump Vineyard Estates, owned by his son Eric, had already asked permission of the U.S. Department of Labor on its request to hire foreign workers. He specified on his request that the six foreign workers will be employed under the H-2 visa program, which would allow foreign laborers to have temporary visas.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg stated in an interview on Buzzfeed, “He says he wants to put Americans back to work, but he games the U.S. visa system so he can hire temporary foreign workers at low wages."
Trump's Instagram post prompted negative reactions among Americans. It said: “My Administration will follow two simple rules: BUY AMERICAN and HIRE AMERICAN!”
A photo posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Dec 29, 2016 at 6:52am PST
@realDonaldTrump how about this conflict..... Trump Winery is trying to hire foreign workers. I voted for you. HIRE AMERICANS. — Fr33d0m1776 (@NWWADD) December 23, 2016
As reported by NY Post, if the visas would be approved, the salary for the work is said to be $10.72 an hour from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The job for the to-be-appointed six workers is expected to run from January 31 to June 30 only, and will focus on the “variety of manual/equipment operation tasks in a vineyard operation.” The petition also stated that the workers would be subjected to “extreme” temperature, “extensive walking” and “frequent stooping” and workers are also required to lift 80 pounds.
Moreover, Buzzfeed reported that Trump also wants to hire 263 more foreign workers under his companies along with his current request. Eric Trump reasoned that he couldn’t find American laborers to do the job.