Throughout his career in politics, Donald Trump‘s rhetoric and actions toward immigrants have been nothing short of disgusting.
Whether it’s kicking off his campaign by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” or his more recent border policy of separating children – sometimes babies – from their parents, Trump has successfully used immigration as a wedge to divide the country and boost his own political fortunes.
According to a new report, though, Trump has no problem using foreigners so long as it benefits his financial bottom line.
According to a Buzzfeed News report, “The Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, has sought permission to hire 37 temporary foreign workers to work as seasonal housekeepers and servers, according to records posted by the Department of Labor this week.”
These workers are just a few of the hundreds that Trump businesses or brands have hired since he launched his campaign in June 2015.
This news comes on the same day The New York Times reported that the “population levels at federally contracted shelters for migrant children have quietly shot up more than fivefold since last summer … reaching a total of 12,800 this month.”
That’s the highest level of detained migrant children in history, according to the Times.
Contrast this with the news from Buzzfeed:
Trump campaigned on a promise to defend US jobs and to tighten US immigration policies, and his administration has taken a number of actions designed to protect American jobs. Yet since he launched his presidential campaign in June 2015, businesses owned by Trump or bearing his name have sought to hire more than 570 foreign guest workers, including more than 280 for Mar-a-Lago, the luxurious resort he owns in Palm Beach, Florida.
The guest worker requests, which are subject to approval by the Department of Labor, would allow the club to employ 15 housekeepers, 16 waiters, and 6 assistant food and beverage servers via H-2 visas from December 2018 through early September 2019. The positions pay at least $11.00, $12.66, and $10.34 per hour, respectively, with the possibility of additional earnings from tips and overtime.
Trump is fine with foreigners if they advance his personal interests
It doesn’t take a genius to know that the center of Trump‘s universe is himself. He says and does whatever he can to advance his own interests – whether it’s financially or politically.
This is why, in the same breath, he can denigrate immigrants coming to the United States and then turn around and hire hundreds of foreigners for cheap to staff his ritzy resorts.
All of this may seem inconsistent, but it’s not. In both cases, Donald Trump is boosting the only person he cares about: himself.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.