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article imageOp-Ed: Donald Trump's companies seek to import and hire 1,100 employees

By Megan Hamilton     Aug 3, 2015 in Politics
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has based his political platform on keeping jobs in America, but his companies have turned around and sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since 2000.
Hypocrisy much?
However, his swanky Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida applied earlier this month to import 70 foreign workers to serve as cooks, wait staff, and cleaners, Reuters reports.
An analysis by Reuters of U.S. government data shows this is pretty typical for the New York real estate magnate's empire.
Since 2000, several of Trump's companies have made efforts to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas, according to the U.S. Department of Labor data that was analyzed by Reuters. The majority of applications were approved and temporary work-visa permits were administered by the Labor Department.
Of the nine companies majority-owned by Trump, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., has sought the largest number of foreign workers, Gossip Extra reports. Since 2006, the pricey resort, which charges members an initial fee of $200,000 for admission, has hired 787 foreign workers, mostly cooks, maids, and wait staff.
Two of his companies, Trump Model Management and Trump Management Group LLC, have also applied for visas for nearly 250 fashion models, according to the records, Reuters reports.
Trump's lawyers and presidential campaign declined to comment, and the Mar-a-Lago Club couldn't be reached for comment, Reuter's reports.
Analysis of Trump's history of hiring foreign employees comes to light just as he has emerged as a front-runner in the race for the Republican nomination for the November 2016 presidential election. He is portraying himself as a hero for American workers who's jobs are threatened by illegal foreign laborers and whose jobs are winding up overseas.
"I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created," he said while announcing his candidacy in June. "I will bring back our jobs from China, Mexico, and other places. I will bring back jobs and our money."
Obviously, Trump isn't plagued by a lack of modesty. Certainly, in the unlikely event that he is elected as President, if he brings jobs back, he'll deserve a bit of credit. However, one has to wonder if he'll fill these jobs with foreign workers.
But his proclamation that Mexico was sending rapists, drug dealers, and other criminals across the border is what gained him the most notoriety in this campaign.
In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon in early July, Trump had this to say:
"Well if you look at the statistics of people coming, you look at the statistics on rape, on crime, on everything coming in illegal into this country, it's mind-boggling!" he said, in a clip previewed on CNN's "Situation Room."
"If you go to Fusion, you will see a story: About 80 percent of the women coming in, you know who owns Fusion? Univision! Go to Fusion and pick up the stories on rape. It's unbelievable when you look at what's going on. So all I'm doing is telling the truth," he said.
Lemon reminds him that the stories are about women being raped — not about criminals crossing the border.
Trump's response?
"Well, somebody's doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody's doing it! Who's doing the raping? Who's doing the raping?"
His inflammatory statements describing illegal immigrants as rapists and killers prompted Univision and NBC Universal to cut ties with him and drop the "Miss Universe" pageant that he partially owns, and Macy's dropped his clothing line.
Perhaps Trump needs to hone his critical thinking skills.
When the Washington Post investigated Trump's claims, it found that even though data on immigrants and crime aren't complete, numerous studies showed that there's no evidence that immigrants commit more crimes than those of us born in the U.S. It cited the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for stricter immigration laws and has a detailed report highlight the shortfalls regarding immigrant crime data.
The Post noted that the trajectories regarding immigration and crime appear to be the opposite of each other. Since the 1990s, immigration has increased, while crime has decreased. This may be because the influx of immigrants contributed to the decrease in crime rates, "by increasing the denominator while not adding significantly to the numerator."
Not only that, but the Congressional Research Service found that "the vast majority of unauthorized immigrants do not fit in the category that fits Trump's description: aggravated felons, whose crimes include murder, drug trafficking or illegal trafficking of firearms."
This chart shows that of the total population of unauthorized immigrants  the percentage of those wh...
This chart shows that of the total population of unauthorized immigrants, the percentage of those who actually commit crimes is very small.
Congressional Research Service.
CRS also reported that there's a smaller percentage of non-citizens in the inmate population in state prisons and jails when that is compared to their percentage in the total U.S. population.
Further, analysis of 2010 Census data compiled in a report by the American Immigration Council, which is pro-immigration, found that 1.6 percent of immigrant males 18 to 39 years old were imprisoned, compared to 3.3 percent of native-born males. This disparity has been consistent in the decennial Census since 1980, according to the report, the Post says.
This trend also holds when comparing less educated Mexican, Guatemalan, and Salvadoran men; they make up the largest percentage of the undocumented immigrant population, as compared to their native born-counterparts.
Chart shows the incarceration rates of U.S. born  Mexican and Guatemalan/Salvadoran born men without...
Chart shows the incarceration rates of U.S. born, Mexican and Guatemalan/Salvadoran born men without a high school diploma, 2000 & 2010
American Immigration Council
So what does all this really mean? It means that Trump had better hire more efficient fact-checkers. It means he has a jaundiced eye when he talks about American jobs, since he seemingly hasn't shown a propensity for hiring Americans. Most importantly, it means he also has a jaundiced eye about immigrants after characterizing Latin Americans, through no fault of their own, as rapists, murderers, and thieves.
He's doing what he's learned to do best: Grand-stand, exaggerate, and bully people. Which is exactly what no one needs.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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