Melania Trump Was an Undocumented Worker in America

Melania Trump, the plagiarizing wife of the Republican Party’s presidential nominee Donald Trump, was an undocumented worker in 1996, the Associated Press reported Friday night.

This is the latest in a long line of blatant hypocrisy from Donald Trump, who has focused obsessively on undocumented workers in the United States.

When Trump refers to “undocumented workers” in his scare-tactic campaign speeches, he likely doesn't mean his career model wife who, according to AP, accepted payment for 10 modeling jobs in the U.S. though she didn’t have the legal documentation to work in the country in 1996. Trump uses the term as a form of loosely cloaked (or sometimes completely naked) racism against Mexican immigrants, who make up the majority of the nation’s undocumented labor force.

As AP reports: "The documents examined by the AP indicate that the modeling assignments would have been outside the bounds of her visa."

The AP article explains that Melania Trump arrived in the U.S. from Slovenia on Aug. 27, 1996 on a B1/B2 visitor visa. During that time, the model earned $20,056 for 10 different jobs despite the fact that she did not yet have her H-1B work visa (which she obtained on Oct. 18, 1996).

When Politico questioned the legality of Melania Trump’s early U.S. working career in August, she tweeted:

Politico issued a correction. But AP focused its story on the weeks between the dates provided in Melania’s lawyer’s letter, and voila, came up with proof that Melania Trump was an undocumented worker.


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