In addition to Melania Trump’s nude photos being scandalous for a potential First Lady, they have also inadvertently raised questions about her “legal” immigration to the United States.
Politico has released a report that suggests Trump may have come to the states on a short-term visa, which would not have allowed her to legally work as a model.
Furthermore, the photos of Trump that the New York Post published this week were from 1995; however, she has previously claimed to have come to the U.S. in 1996.
These new details are scathing, considering her husband’s whole campaign is founded on Hitler-esque policies intended to curb illegal immigration.
When Trump’s heritage was initially brought into the spotlight as a means to criticize her husband for being so cruel toward immigrants, the couple’s main defense was that she did things the “right” way and came to America legally, thereby exempting her from her husband’s averse opinions about immigrants.
“Melania followed all applicable laws and is now a proud citizen of the United States,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks has said in response to the controversy.
While it’s true that she may be a “proud citizen” now, it doesn’t mean that she strictly followed all the applicable laws to become one.
Trump has claimed in many interviews that before obtaining citizenship she always kept her visa current by flying back to Europe every few months for renewal.
However, Politico learned that during an interview with the luxury lifestyle magazine DuJour, she agreed that she had come to the states on an H-1B visa, which can be valid for three years and in some cases can be extended beyond more than six years and would not require renewals within that time frame.
Therefore, if she came to the U.S. in 1996 on the H-1B visa and got her green card in 2001, as she claims, then she likely wouldn’t have been required to return to Europe at all to renew it during those years.
The story that Trump has repeatedly told is more consistent with someone who was on a B-1 Temporary Business Visitor Visa or B-2 Tourist Visa, which each last up to six months and do not permit employment.
Someone found working in the United States under one of those visas could find themselves accused of visa fraud, according to Politico.
“There are quirky exceptions to people on a B-1 visa who are able to work — certain domestic servants who are entering the country to accompany their employers who are in the country temporarily,” said Andrew Greenfield who practices immigration law. “But I can’t imagine that would apply to models.”
So, it seems that either Trump was on an H-1B visa and her trips back and forth to Europe for “renewal” were unnecessary lies, or she was here on one of the short-term visas and illegally worked as a model.
Trump released a short statement Thursday denouncing Politico’s report; however, she didn’t offer clarification or explanation for any of the specific allegations brought to light.
Politico’s report throws a monkey wrench into the Trump family’s entire stance on immigration that has been presented throughout this campaign. It also paints the would-be First Lady as a liar, just like her husband.
Her husband has previously implied that wealthy immigrants would be considered “exceptions” to his policies, including his proposed ban against Muslims and his wall at the Mexican border — evidently, beautiful models are also among the exempt.
This new report only weakens Melania’s image, especially as it comes on the heels of her plagiarism debacle and the release of her naked photos. The more the public learns about her and her bigoted hypocrite of a husband, the less they seem fit to be the next First Family.
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