Melania Trump, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, broke U.S. immigration laws when she worked as a model in 1996, according to the Associated Press (AP). Documents acquired and verified by AP show that Trump, whose maiden name is Klaus, earned over $20,000 illegally.
Trump, who is originally from Slovenia, entered the U.S. on a B1/B2 visa in August 1996. That specific visa allows people to come to the U.S. on tourism or business, but the law states that they are not allowed to work and earn money. Trump was allowed to look for jobs, but broke the law when she accepted paid modeling gigs.
The documents cited by AP show that Metropolitan International Management set up 10 different modeling jobs for Trump from Sept. 10 to Oct. 15, 1996. One of Melania Trump’s lawyers, Michael Wildes, says those documents, which AP asked for him to review, do not match their records.
“These documents, which have not been verified, do not reflect our records including corresponding passport stamps,” he said.
The former supermodel applied for, and was given an H-1B visa on Oct. 18, 1996. The H-1B visa allowed Trump to legally work in the U.S.
The surprising news comes at a time when Trump recently re-entered the spotlight to help campaign for her husband. Trump addressed a crowd yesterday in Philadelphia, her first speech since the Republican Convention plagiarism debacle. Donald Trump has made immigration the core issue of his campaign, and promised to crackdown on those who break U.S. immigration laws.
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