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Hypocrisy in Trump's Immigration Policy
The Trump presidency is full of hypocrisy. His nature is to say one thing, yet mean something else. So, it should be no surprise that even the immigration policy President Trump seems to want has hypocrisy also.
The First Lady
Melania Trump, America's first lady, formerly Melania Knauss, also had to deal with the American immigration policies and paperwork back in 2000. This Slovenian model with piercing eyes was dating Donald Trump back then. She was no supermodel or a person with gifted abilities or remotely famous. She was just a model going to shoots and earning a living. Yet, she was granted a Green Card in 2001 based on the EB-1 visa. She had modeled for Camel cigarettes and her major gig was in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in a string bikini hugging a whale. Her sponsor was Donald Trump.
The EB-1 Visa
One can call this visa the "best of the best" visas. Called the "extraordinary ability" visa, it is for those truly famous world renowned researchers or teachers, Oscar winning actresses with world acclaim, and those who are truly well known or have extraordinary abilities. Thus, just how Melania Knauss got a Green Card using this category (because she does not have extraordinary abilities) begs this question of many now debating the immigration policy.
According to the Washington Post, in 2001, only five EB-1 visas were granted to people from Solvenia, Melania Trump was one of them! And, of the one million visas issued that year, only 3376 were of this EB-1 visa, making many asking questions about just how did she get a Green Card under this visa type and within one year. Many visas and Green Cards take years to get.
While Trump's attorney, Wildes, states that Melania was fully qualified for the EB-1, current and former immigration officials who have seen Melania's 2001 resume, differ. As they state, there is nothing that would meet the stringent requirements for the visa in her background.
An immigrant has to provide evidence of a major award or meet at least three out of 10 criteria. Among them: evidence of commercial successes in the performing arts, evidence of work displayed at artistic exhibitions and evidence of original contributions to a field. How would modeling fit in?? One could say performing arts or artistic exhibitions, but was she really that exceptional winning awards? Did she contribute to the modeling world? Worse, not more than 2% of those in their field would qualify for the EB-1, according to immigration experts.
And, what of Melania's parents who now have permanent residence status in America? Most likely, it was through "chain migration" which is much faster because family members can obtain it through family members. In this case, once Melania got it, she petitioned for her parents. The funny thing is, President Trump has said he is determined to stop "chain migration", for all the Mexicans and others.
Melania's parents seem to have got permanent status by 2007 and residing in of all places, Mar-a-Lago, the president's second White House! More ironic is that Melania's parents were not rich. In Slovenia, Viktor Knavs, now 73, worked as a chauffeur and car salesman. Amalija Knavs, now 71, was a pattern maker at a textile factory.
So, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that through inner dealings of some sort, Donald Trump sponsored his GF in 2000 using the EB-1 status, which she did not have the status for. Yet, a year later or so, she obtains permanent status because of the Trump connection. To make matters worse, they were not even married then, which would have been easier. It just sounds all a bit suspicious and privileged.
Such hypocrisy from President Trump and his White House.