Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Golf Club Wants 40 More Foreign Workers Under H-2B Visa Program

President Donald Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago golf club in Palm Beach, Florida, wants to hire 61 additional foreign workers, according to two requests filed with the Department of Labor that were made public Thursday.

The 61 temporary workers would be employed from October 2018 to May 2019 as cooks and servers. Cooks would receive an hourly pay of $13.31 while servers would receive $12.68 per hour and would not receive tips. Both positions would have a possibility of overtime.

The request to the Department of Labor is for H-2B visas, which requires companies to first try and fill open jobs with Americans. If the company still cannot fill the available positions, the Department of Labor can provide temporary work visas for foreign people to come to the U.S. or for immigrants who are already here legally.

If all 61 positions are filled, it would bring the total number of foreign guest workers hired at Mar-a-Lago, known as the Winter White House, to 261 since he launched his presidential bid in 2015. That number would rise to 501 for all Trump businesses he either owns or has his name on, according to Buzzfeed News.   

At the same time, the president touts an “America First” business model at political rallies and at foreign venues. In January, Trump told business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland that there has "never been a better time to hire" in the U.S.

Trump and his Mar-a-Lago Club have said the club needs foreign workers because of increased tourism in winter months, and a lack of American workers who are interested in the jobs.

“I don't hire the people. I don't hire 'em. But I will tell you this. During the Palm Beach season, it is very, very hard to get people,” Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in a past interview about why his businesses hire so many foreign workers. “During the season, you can't get people ... But if you look at all of the other places in Palm Beach, they're all doing exactly the same thing."

A Vox analysis found that at three Trump properties in New York and Florida, only one American was hired for a temporary position compared to 143 H-2B visa guest workers who were hired for 2016 and 2017.  

Last summer, Trump administration expanded the H-2B visa program for foreign workers from 66,000 visas annually to 81,000. Three days later, Trump businesses requested 76 of those work visas, according to Vox.  

Neither the Mar-a-Lago Club nor the Trump Organization immediately responded to Newsweek’s request for comment.

Update: This story has been updated to include 21 additional H-2B work visas requested for cooks. It increases the number of foreign work requests by Mar-a-Lago this year from 40 to 61.