A Virginia winery owned by President Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, is reportedly trying to gain permission to hire 23 foreign guest workers under the federal H-2 visa program, adding to the more than 600 foreign guest worker hiring requests made by Trump-branded businesses since Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015.
BuzzFeed News, citing a petition published by Department of Labor on Monday, reported that Trump Winery, also known as Trump Vineyard Estates, LLC, is seeking the employees through the H-2 visa program, which allows U.S. employers to temporarily hire foreign laborers as long as no qualified American workers want the jobs
More than 100,000 foreign individuals have annually entered the U.S. under the federal H-2 visa program since 2003.
The position pays $12.25 an hour and would start in mid-March and could run through late October.
The winery’s website includes a disclaimer that it is a “registered trade name of Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC, which is not owned, managed, or affiliated with Donald J. Trump or any of his affiliates.”
BuzzFeed notes that the business was given to his son in 2012. In 2017, Trump told reporters he owned the winery.
The report comes after the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York, abruptly fired about a dozen employees because they were found to have been living in the U.S. illegally.
The Washington Post reported on Saturday that the firings came after the Trump company conducted an audit of the individuals’ immigration documents.