Donald Trump has now given his fire-and-brimstone speech about illegal immigrants, including that there would be no amnesty and no path to citizenship for people who entered the country illegally. According to him even people who had not entered the US illegally, but who had come in on a visa but then didn’t leave, are a “big problem“:
Immigration law doesn’t exist for the purpose of keeping criminals out. It exists to protect all aspects of American life. The work site, the welfare office, the education system, and everything else.
Hypocritically, that seems to describe his wife, Melania Trump. It is pretty clear that she entered the US on a visitor visa, which does not allow her to work, while fully intending to work as a model. That alone would disqualify her from getting a green card. Oh, and she also lied about having a university degree on her website, but that would only be illegal if she listed it on her application for residency. And the fact that she posed for nude photos while here illegally wouldn’t help either. (Unfortunately, plagiarizing her convention speech from Michele Obama would likely not count against her.)
But we don’t know, because even though more than three weeks ago Trump’s campaign promised to answer questions about Mrs. Trump’s immigration status, no such answers have been forthcoming. So the Trumps are lying and breaking promises.
I guess they hope we will just forget about it. When is someone going to ask Donald Trump whether he plans to deport his (third?) first lady if he is elected?
UPDATE: Four former models who worked for Donald Trump’s modeling agency in New York have said that they violated immigration laws by working in the US on tourist (visitor) visas. It is illegal for a company to hire someone without a valid work visa. The models were told by the Trump’s agency to lie on customs forms, and were told specifically “If they ask you any questions, you’re just here for meetings.” One of the models described working for Trump as “modern-day slavery”. Models were charged such high fees by the agency that they ended up earning almost nothing, despite working constantly. They couldn’t complain because they were illegal.
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