Backtracking?: Trump Winery Plans to Hire Foreign Workers

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Major media outlets such as ABC News and Fox News are reporting President-elect Donald Trump and son Eric Trump’s Virginia based vineyard, Trump Winery, has applied for temporary visas for foreign workers earlier this month for the fiscal year 2017. Eric Trump and his management team of Trump Winery applied for six H-2A visas for temporary jobs valid from Jan. 31 through June 30.

Donald J. Trump purchased the vineyard in 2011 and handed it over to his son Eric, who now owns and manages the estate. It is important to note there is nothing illegal about filing for the petition, and President-elect Donald J. Trump is no longer involved in the daily operations of the winery. However, the question becomes why not hire American workers?

According to the winery’s petition, workers would be required to lift up to 80 pounds, would be exposed to “extreme” temperatures, and would be committed to “extensive walking” and “frequent stooping” for vineyard overwatch.

The basic design of the H-2A visa is used for unskilled laborers to come work in the U.S. on a seasonal basis. Foreign workers can qualify for H-2A classification if there are not enough U.S. workers willing, qualified, or unavailable to do the temporary work.

Many are upset by this possible backtracking of Trump’s original promise to keep jobs in the U.S., and to limit foreign competition from entering the states. The backlash from critics and federal ethics experts can be seen on social media sites such as Twitter:

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