While I have no problem savaging political candidate for their idiotic remarks and their lies, I generally try to stay away from the spouses because they didn’t really ask for this. Unless you’re Melania [t]Rump: plagiarist, college dropout, undocumented immigrant.
Yes, Melania has said, in parts of her speeches she didn’t, er, borrow from more eloquent speakers, that she agrees with her husband’s immigration ideas that “they” should all go home if they are here illegally.
After rejecting undocumented immigration and highlighting her own immigration status as completely above board, well, it didn’t take long for someone to do some digging and to discover that Melania may have been here, working, illegally, back in the late 90s.
It all began when Melania told Harper's Bazaar magazine that in the mid-nineties she held a visa that had to be renewed every few months but:
"I came here for my career, and I did so well, I moved here. It never crossed my mind to stay here without papers. That is just the person you are. You follow the rules. You follow the law. Every few months you need to fly back to Europe and stamp your visa. After a few visas, I applied for a green card and got it in 2001. After the green card, I applied for citizenship. And it was a long process."
To be fair, Melania didn’t say what kind of visa she had that required her to return home every few months to have it stamped so she could come back to the United States, but her words seem to imply she was here on a tourist visa …
But a tourist visa does not allow the bearer to work in this country, and a work visa does not require renewals every few months as Melania did, nor would she have had to leave the country to renew it, so then how does Melania explain that a series of nude photographs of her — are there any other kind … seriously — that emerged last week were taken in New York in 1995.
Oops. Melania says she came here in 1996, under the, ahem, sponsorship of an American Italian billionaire, Paolo Zampolli, who ran a modeling firm in New York and was later involved in some of [t]Rump’s real estate projects. Zampolli says brought Melania into the US on an H1B visa but …
An H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialized fields such as in architecture, engineering, mathematics, science, and medicine.
Huh, maybe that’s where the whole “she graduated college with a degree in architecture” was born; but I’m not getting how Melania posing nude was a “specialty occupation”.
So far, the [t]Rump campaign is not answering questions about Melania’s immigration process but Melania is saying that she obtained permanent residency — a ‘green card’ — in 2001 but did not say whether it was through a company that sponsored her, or through marriage. She met [t]Rump 1998, married him in 2005, and became a US citizen in 2006.
In a 2005 interview with Larry King Melania said that she had never been married before meeting [t]Rump, but there’s a story floating around that Melania in fact was married before [t]Rump, in 2001, the year she says she got her green card.
Michael Wildes, an immigration attorney who worked for the Trump Organization, says he knows that Melania obtained a green card in 2001, “based on marriage.” But when he was asked to explain the marriage discrepancy, he said he would “seek clarification;” he later sent an email to Univision saying:
“I didn’t hear back, sorry.”
Now, as the GOP presidential nominee, Donald [t]Rump, and his wife and family, have made immigration a main main issue, so you’d think that they would have gotten all their ducks in a row before opening their yaps …
Or at least made sure their ducks had come here legally.