This Friday, March 11, 2016, photo, shows the Mar-A-Lago Club, owned by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump has been trying for two decades through the Federal Aviation Administration and the courts to force departing airliners from Palm Beach International Airport to turn before reaching the historic and exclusive 17-acre estate, which is 2.5 miles east of the airport's primary runway. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

It’s “Made in America Week,” But Not So Fast…

This week was deemed “Made in America Week” by President Trump, and was meant to celebrate American-made products, and the American worker.

I can absolutely get behind that. The craftsmen and innovators are the backbone of this nation, so they deserve at least a week to have their wares highlighted and promoted.

During the campaign, Trump promoted himself as the America First president, and it has been a running theme with the nationalists who make up his core support.

Given all that, and Trump’s oath to bring jobs back to Americans, somebody may want to question why his properties are seeking Visas from the government, in order to hire more foreign workers to staff his clubs and restaurants.

President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida filed requests with the government on Thursday to hire 70 temporary foreign workers as cooks, housekeepers and servers at the private club, according to records posted by the Labor Department.

The jobs would begin on Oct. 1 and end in May 2018, according to the filings. Those positions would take advantage of the H-2B visa program, which allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nations to the country for temporary, non-agricultural work.

So as the liberals have alluded to for so long, are these the jobs Americans won’t do?

It wasn’t just Mar-a-Lago. The Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida was in need of help, as well. Americans need not apply.

Employers must establish that there are not enough American workers able or willing to fill the temporary positions in order to qualify for H-2B classification.

The cook positions at both Mar-a-Lago and the golf course pay $13.34 per hour, according to the filings. The server jobs pay $11.88 per hour, while the housekeeping positions pay $10.33 per hour.

I seriously have a problem with the notion that there aren’t enough American workers to apply for those jobs, especially given the pay. How much effort was put into locating American workers? Did they put ads in the classified section of the papers? Post with local Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)?

American workers are hurting. Minimum wage is not a living wage (nor was it meant to be), so I’m pretty sure that if a single mom could get over $10 an hour to do housekeeping, or an older gentleman who was a victim of cutbacks on the job could wait tables for almost $12 an hour, they would fill those positions.

Still, Trump has previously defended his hiring of foreign workers by saying the American help just isn’t out there.

The president signed an executive order in April promoting what he has dubbed a “Buy American, Hire American” agenda. The order also tightened rules on granting H-1B visas to skilled foreign workers.

But the Trump administration moved to expand the H-2B program on Monday, saying it would offer an additional 15,000 visas because not enough American workers are willing or able to fill the country’s employment needs for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year.

Monday. Just in time to put the call out to anybody except Americans in need.

I don’t want to say this looks amazingly self-serving and hypocritical, but, can we at least agree that the “Buy American, Hire American” is little more than political sloganeering?

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