Supporters of Donald Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" and RAISE Act "Merit-Based" immigration policies will no doubt be gratified to know that USCIS has now approved 70 H-2B visa petitions for foreign maids, cooks and servers at the president's world-famous Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida, according to The Hill.

Of course, there are always those who will misunderstand or fail to appreciate the president's noble efforts on behalf of protecting American jobs, and who will carp and snipe at him no matter what he does in pursuit of this worthy goal.

For example, according to the same report, a local employment agency claims that there were more than 5,000 local workers available for the positions that have now been filled by H-2B workers, even though this visa requires a showing that there are no qualified US workers for the offered jobs.

The news report does not say whether the H-2B workers were approved without a hitch, or whether Mar-a-Lago's lawyers had to struggle with any of the unprecedented number of RFE's which USCIS has been issuing this year, for employment based and other cases, 85,000 so far, according to one report.

To be sure, RAISE Act proponents may be puzzled over the question of how hiring another 70 less skilled foreign workers fits in with the Trump's widely touted support for "Merit-based" immigration, i.e. favoring high-skilled workers only.

But politicians and others who are sharpening the knives against family immigration and the Diversity Visa; who favor the Muslim ban and cutting refugee admissions to the vanishing point, as well as lobbying against skilled worker visas such as H-1B and L-1, can at least take comfort from the fact that, according to another report, all of the 70 sponsored H-2B workers are from Europe (Romania) and the Caribbean (Haiti).

Evidently, none of them are from Asia, Africa, Latin America or the Middle East, which are the areas of the world that have benefited the most from the non-discriminatory immigration policies of the past 50 years, and which would be hurt the most by the agenda which Trump and his top immigration advisers have been trying to turn into reality.

But let us put aside these nitpickings and join together in RAISING our glasses in a toast and wishing Trump well in his choice of foreign workers to fill the 70 H-2B positions:

Congratulations, Mr. President!

Buy American, Hire American!

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law