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Trump's Mar-A-Lago hiring foreign workers again

Mar-a-Lago is seen from the media van window Nov. 27 in Palm Beach, FL. Trump's country club was granted permission to hire 64 foreign workers to work through the winter. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Mar-a-Lago is seen from the media van window Nov. 27 in Palm Beach, FL. Trump's country club was granted permission to hire 64 foreign workers to work through the winter. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(RNN) - President-elect Donald Trump said he is working to bring jobs back to the U.S.

Meanwhile, his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, FL, was granted permission to hire 64 foreign workers to work through the winter through the U.S. Department of Labor's H-2B visa program, the Palm Beach Post reported Tuesday.

Thirty of those positions are wait staff, hired at $11.13 per hour minimum, with a possible overtime wage of $16.70 per hour, according to Labor Department documentation

The country club also got permission to hire 19 cooks at $12.74 an hour, down from $13.01 an hour last year, the Palm Beach Post said.

Trump's Mar-a-Lago property company has applied for more than 500 visas for foreign workers since 2010, the New York Times reported.

Through the H-2B visa program, a temporary non-agriculture labor certification program, employers in the U.S. certified 119,232 positions in fiscal year 2016, the Labor Department said, with Texas the top state with certified postions, followed by Florida, Colorado, Massachusetts and Louisiana.

Most of the occupations certified for the program are landscaping and groundskeeping workers. 

To certify a job for H-2B classification, the employer must attest that "there are not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work" and "employing H-2B workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers," according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Trump admitted the hiring of foreign workers is bad for American workers but defended the practice, during a March presidential debate.

"First of all, I think and I know the H1B very well. And it's something that I frankly use and I shouldn't be allowed to use it. We shouldn't have it. Very, very bad for workers. And second of all, I think it's very important to say, well, I'm a businessman and I have to do what I have to do," Trump said. "When it's sitting there waiting for you, but it's very bad. It's very bad for business in terms of - and it's very bad for our workers and it's unfair for our workers. And we should end it. Very importantly, the Disney workers endorsed me, as you probably read."

He also claimed in September, "getting help in Palm Beach during the season is almost impossible," the New York Times reported.

Despite Trump's claim that the company can't find people to fill those jobs, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Palm Beach County had about 35,800 job seekers who were officially unemployed in October, for an unenployment rate of 5.1 percent.

A spokesman for CareerSource Palm Beach County told the Palm Beach Post that the group knows of workers who would be willing to work at Mar-a-Lago, but the club has only contacted the nonprofit once - for a banquet server in 2015.

Indeed, CareerSource Palm Beach County reported it held 11 hiring events for more than 1,200 job seekers this fall. 

Trump has gone on record castigating companies for taking jobs overseas, even proposing tariffs for those taking their companies' jobs overseas.

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