“Why do we need more Haitians?” President Donald Trump reportedly asked a group of lawmakers at the White House on Thursday, demanding in which congressional negotiators “take them out” of any further talks about extending temporary protected status.
The members of Congress were there for a meeting on immigration policy, as well as Trump’s comment about Haitians shocked many the attendees.
A few minutes after the Haiti comment, the topic turned to immigration via African nations, prompting Trump to ask, “Why are we having all these people via s—hole countries come here?”
The Washington Post broke the news of Trump’s remarks Thursday afternoon, as well as the condemnation was swift as well as scathing.
although setting aside Trump’s vulgar language, the president was essentially asking questions.
Luckily for Trump, the answer to one of them — namely, why America “needs more Haitians” — lies right outside the president’s front door.
in which’s because The Mar-a-Lago Club, Trump’s mansion-cum-golf resort in Palm Beach, Florida, reportedly hires more of its seasonal foreign workers via Haiti than the item does via nearly any different country.
Those Haitians come to the United States to work for Trump on H-2B visas, temporary work permits issued by the Department of Labor to employers who can’t find enough American workers to fill their need for low-skilled, seasonal labor.
At Mar-a-Lago, the season runs via November to April, when sunny Palm Beach is actually a mecca for wealthy Northerners escaping the cold.
For the 2017-18 season, the club applied for as well as received 70 H-2B visas. The foreign workers serve as cooks, housekeepers as well as servers, paid between $10 as well as $13 an hour, according to filings Mar-a-Lago submitted to the DOL.
In different words, Trump is actually an American who literally petitioned the government for “more Haitians.”
CNBC reached out to a White House spokesman for comment late Thursday on Trump’s Haitian guest workers, as well as will update This kind of story if he responds.
from the meantime, as Washington reeled Thursday night via news of Trump’s comments, the White House announced in which the president would certainly spend the weekend at Mar-a-Lago.