The Trump Winery, owned President Donald Trump’s son Eric, has sought to get more foreign workers to plant and harvest grapes this spring, a petition posted by the Department of Labor on Thursday stated. This comes after Trump, throughout his campaign trail, vowed to save American jobs and blamed immigrants for the job scene in the U.S.
The labor department’s posting stated that Trump Vineyard Estates, LLC, is looking to bring in 23 workers under the federal H-2 visa program that allows U.S. companies to employ foreign workers if there are not enough Americans workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work.
According to Thursday’s posting, the workers will be paid $11.27 on hourly basis from April 3 to as late as Oct. 27. BuzzFeed, which was the first to report on the Trump Winery issue, said that over 100,000 foreigners have been employed in the U.S. annually since 2003, and that the program has benefited businesses related to the Trump family.
Furthermore, Trump-related companies have sought to bring in at least 286 foreign workers since he announced his presidential bid in June 2015, according to BuzzFeed. Several of those laborers are now employed as servers and housecleaners at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s luxury resort in Palm Beach, Florida, the report added.
While Trump Winery is seeking foreign labor, Wegmans — a Rochester, New York-based supermarket chain — is facing pressure from customers who are demanding the store to stop selling products from the company.
However, a Wegmans spokesperson told the Washington Post the grocery chain does not aim to limit the choices of its customers by taking down the Trump Winery items.
“Our role as a retailer is to offer choice to our customers,” Jo Natale, the company spokeswoman, told the Post, adding that Wegmans decides to stock a product only when it is well-received by customers.
“Individual shoppers who feel strongly about an issue can demonstrate their convictions by refusing to buy a product,” Natale said. “When enough people do the same, and sales of a product drop precipitously, we stop selling that product in favor of one that’s in greater demand.”