Donald Trump, you may have heard, is no fan of illegal immigration. The GOP nominee has promised to go to incredible—some might say, impossible—lengths to stop it, from building a Mexican-funded wall along our Southern border to rounding up and deporting the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country. Which is why a new report from Politico suggesting Trump’s own wife may have run afoul of U.S. immigration law is pretty noteworthy.
The piece runs under the headline, “Gaps in Melania Trump’s Immigration Story Raise Questions,” but Politico has an answer too: Melania Trump’s description of her first years in the United States simply doesn’t line up with the available evidence. It appears that either: a) She violated U.S. immigration law by working as a model in New York City while on a temporary visitor visa in the mid-’90s, or b) She had a visa that allowed her to work, which meant she never had to return regularly to her native Slovenia as she has publicly claimed on multiple occasions as a way to show that she, unlike the millions her husband wants out, did things by the book.
Team Trump has declined to explain the rather large holes in Melania’s story, much the same way it failed to address recent reports that she did not actually graduatefrom a Slovenia college as she claimed on her website. Instead, a campaign spokeswoman said simply of the latest controversy, “Melania followed all applicable laws and is now a proud citizen of the United States,” while Trump issued her own statement with more words but scarcely more detail after the report was published:
In the past, Melania has gone into somewhat greater detail when discussing her arrival in the country. Here is how she told her story to Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski during a February interview: “I never thought to stay here without papers. I had [a] visa. I travel every few months back to the country to Slovenia to stamp the visa. I came back.