Under Trump’s new immigration laws, immigration officials are now required to prioritize the removal of any foreign national who has “engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter or application before a government agency”.
That means Trump’s wife and First Lady, Melania could have been deported and banned from the US if Donald Trump had been president when she was working as a model, according to information obtained by the Independent.
Melania allegedly earned more than $20,000 in the seven weeks before she acquired legal permission to work in the country.
She went on to apply for a green card in 2001 and became a naturalized US citizen in 2006 without disclosing any past indiscretions.
The report states:
Ms Trump put herself into this category when she violated her visa and did not disclose the indiscretion when applying for future travel and residency permits, a pair of immigration lawyers told the Slate website. She would likely have faced deportation under Mr Trump’s 25 January executive order if it had been in effect and she had been caught in the 1990s, or in fact at any point before becoming a naturalised US citizen in 2005.
Hasan Shafiqullah, deputy attorney in charge of the immigration law unit at the Legal Aid Society, said Ms Trump would have been at serious risk of deportation if caught in the 90s by a time-travelling Trump administration.
“If the current executive order on interior enforcement and the related Homeland Security memoranda on interior enforcement had been in effect at that time , then she would have certainly been an enforcement priority,” he added.
New York City immigration specialist Cheryl David agreed.
She said that if Ms Trump did in fact undertake paid work while in the United States a tourist visa, she “definitely violated her status, and if it came to immigration’s attention, yeah, they certainly could put her into removal proceedings”.
One would wonder why Melania continue to stay with a man who would have shipped her back to her country, if his presidency was taken place years ago. Is the money, fame, “elite” title, really worth it?
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