President Trump’s administration is blocking Haitians from obtaining certain temporary work visas — and the move could leave his family’s businesses with a diminished employee pool.
The Department of Homeland Security in a regulatory filing said Haiti was removed from the list of more than 80 countries eligible for the H-2B as well as the H-2A visas due to “high levels of fraud and abuse” and a “high rate of overstaying the terms” of their visas.
Since 2010, the Trump Organization has requested more than 500 visas for foreign workers at Mar-a-Lago, the luxury golf resort he’s since nicknamed the “Winter White House,” according to Department of Homeland Security recrds. Many of the foreign workers brought in to staff the club on a seasonal basis are reportedly from Haiti and Romania.
For the 2017-18 tourist season, the Palm Beach resort applied for and received 70 H-2B visas to fill jobs ranging from cooks and housekeepers to waiters and waitresses.
And despite building a presidential campaign on “Making America Great Again” and hiring local workers, the Trump Organization this year secured approval for six more visas than it did for the previous season.