A Trump-owned winery in Virginia has applied to hire more foreign workers to pick grapes after it was unable to find U.S. citizens for the job, The Daily Progress reported.
Trump Vineyard Estates, owned by President Trump's son Eric Trump, reportedly asked to hire 29 workers through the federal H-2A visa program. The winery, located near Charlottesville, had originally intended to hire six foreign workers in December, but applied for 23 more this year.
According to the report, the winery attempted to hire American workers — in keeping with President Trump's push for U.S. companies to "hire American" — but only received applications from outside the U.S.
Instead, the winery now plans to use the H-2A program, which allows agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor. Such laborers are paid a rate of $10.72 an hour in Virginia.