September 30, 2020 | News | No Comments
In another demonstration of President-elect Donald Trump’s blatant conflicts of interest, a Trump family vineyard filed a request this month for six temporary foreign worker visas—visas which Trump’s administration will soon have the power to approve.
The U.S. Labor Department posted the request (pdf) that was submitted earlier this month online on Wednesday.
“This is a powerful example of why Donald Trump needs to make a definitive break, not just with his operational interests but his ownership interests, by appointing an independent trustee to liquidate all that,” Norm Eisen, former chief White House ethics lawyer for President Obama, told the Washington Post.
It’s “a classic conflict of interest,” Eisen said.
And the conflict of interest isn’t the only noteworthy aspect of the situation: Like many U.S. businesses in the Trump empire, the vineyard often employs temporary foreign workers under H2 visas. Specifically, H2-A visas apply to temporary agricultural workers, many of whom travel to the U.S. to work from South America—including Mexico.
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