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Trump Properties Seek Foreign Workers for Winter Season

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FILE - The Mar-a-Lago estate owned by U.S. President Donald Trump is shown in Palm Beach, Florida, April 5, 2017. The resort is among Trump properties seeking foreign workers for the winter season.

Businesses owned by U.S. President Donald Trump have filed requests for visas with the Department of Labor to hire dozens of temporary foreign workers.

The news of the requests comes during the White House's "Made in America Week," urging American companies to hire American workers, a central theme of Trump's presidential campaign.

The president's Mar-a-Lago Resort and his nearby golf club in southern Florida are seeking to bring in the workers under the H-2B visa program, which allows companies to hire temporary, non-agricultural workers when American workers can't be found. The jobs would run during the clubs' busy season between October and May.

Mar-a-Lago is seeking to hire 70 cooks, servers and housekeepers, while the golf club is looking for six cooks.

The Department of Labor certifies companies to apply for the visas, which are issued by the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump announced a one-time expansion of the H-2B visa program earlier this week, increasing the number of available visas from 66,000 to 81,000.

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