Donald Trump has made a campaign out of marginalizing and demonizing immigrants. Mexican immigrants are rapists and drug-dealers in his mind, although some, he assumes, “are good people.”
How, then, reporters and voters have asked Trump, have you married an immigrant and feel that that’s okay? Melania Trump gave her first interview with the press as the wife of a presidential candidate by answering that specific question.
‘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.’
The recently leaked nude photos of Melania that appeared on the cover of the New York Post have raised questions about this story.
Melania claims that she came to the United States on an H1-B visa in 1996. An H1-B visa does not have to be renewed every few months. They must be renewed every 3-6 years. If she was traveling to Europe to get her visa renewed every few months, it must have been a different type of visa.
That particular type of visa is also one that Donald Trump has specifically ranted about and claimed that he would end as president of this country. Trump’s website declares that he told Megyn Kelly as recently as March, 2015:
‘I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program. No exceptions.’
The larger problem around Melania’s story is the dates. If Melania Trump did not apply for a visa to come to this country until 1996, that means she worked in the country illegally the year before. The photographer of those nude photos says that he took them in 1995 in Manhattan, New York.
Melania Trump, then, did break immigration laws. There are questions around this that need to be answered. If she was working in the U.S., why did she not have a visa that said she could work here? If she was traveling to Europe every few months to have her visa renewed, what type of visa did she have?
The most important question of all, though, is how Trump dares to criticize undocumented immigrants who come to the United States to work while being married to someone who clearly did the same thing?