Donald Trump kicked off his campaign for President of the United States last year by attacking the immigrant community and he hasn’t let up since. He has disparaged the millions of people who came to the United States looking for a better life, while acting as if he has a free pass to discuss this because his wife is an immigrant who obtained her citizenship the “right” way. Now that is up for debate.
On Sunday, the New York Post published nude photographs of Melania Trump that were taken in 1995 in the United States and therein lies the problem. According to Politico:
The racy photos of the would-be first lady, published in the New York Post on Sunday and Monday, inadvertently highlight inconsistencies in the various accounts she has provided over the years. And, immigration experts say, there’s even a slim chance that any years-old misrepresentations to immigration authorities could pose legal problems for her today.
While Trump and her husband, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, have said she came to the United States legally, her own statements suggest she first came to the country on a short-term visa that would not have authorized her to work as a model. Trump has also said she came to New York in 1996, but the nude photo shoot places her in the United States in 1995, as does a biography published in February by Slovenian journalists.
If the Trumps’ story that Melania came to the United States on a short-term visa is true, then she was not authorized to work while she was here. She would have had to come to the USA on a short-term employment visa for it to have been legal for her to work while in the country. Although she has claimed in other interviews that she came here on an H-1B work visa, she has also said that she traveled back to Slovenia every couple of months to have her visa renewed. “I never thought to stay here without papers. I had visa. I travel every few months back to the country to Slovenia to stamp the visa. I came back. I applied for the green card. I applied for the citizenship later on,” Melania claimed.
That doesn’t make any sense. She would not have been required to travel back and forth to her country every couple of months with an H-1B visa. Instead Politico reports:
Trump’s description of her periodic renewals in Europe are more consistent with someone traveling on a B-1 Temporary Business Visitor or B-2 Tourist Visa, which typically last only up to six months and do not permit employment.
This is a big deal because if she came to the United States with the intention of working and did not have a work visa, that means she committed fraud. Unfortunately, if she did, in fact, lie about all of these things it is unlikely she will ever be prosecuted– the way a person is treated by immigration has a lot to do with how wealthy they are.
Melania has since responded to the allegations with a complete denial – but zero factual proof.
The ironic part about all of this is that if the allegations are true, then Trump has spent his entire campaign slamming people just like his wife. Of course, don’t expect them to ever tell us how she really came to the U.S., we all know The Donald is incapable of honesty.
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