Trump backs limits to immigration as Mar-a-Lago seeks foreign workers

President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China shake hands during a dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., April, 6, 2017. At left are Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and Peng Liyuan, Xi’s wife. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Mar-a-Lago is moving forward with plans to hire foreign workers despite the president’s support for legislation that would curtail immigration to the U.S.

The president’s posh club, like other resorts and hotels in Palm Beach County, relies on a special visa program that requires them to first offer their jobs to U.S. citizens.

The Palm Beach Post and now The Washington Post have detailed Mar-a-Lago’s efforts to hire foreign workers, including with low-key advertising in The Palm Beach Post.

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Mar-a-Lago is looking to hire cooks, waiters and housekeepers but first must demonstrate to the U.S. Department of Labor that it tried and failed to get U.S. citizens to take those jobs.

Starting with an overview story on Sunday, The Palm Beach Post is beginning a series that will examine immigration and its impact in the county.

Group to rally Monday night in West Palm Beach

As many as 3,000 members of a group titled People Engaged in Active Community Efforts are set to gather from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Palm Beach County Convention Center to call for criminal justice and immigration reform.

The group will call on county commissioners and the State Attorney to identify a non-profit group and give it money to administer a “Community ID Program” that will give undocumented immigrants the opportunity to secure an identification card.

PEACE also will ask the state attorney to reduce penalties for driving without a license for those unable to obtain one because of their legal status.

The group said it’s found “severe funding gaps” between what the county provides for the homeless and what’s needed.

And PEACE will describe how it and eight sister organizations statewide are pushing for state legislation in which juvenile offenders subject to a first-time misdemeanor arrest to instead receive a civil citation.