California state senator Nancy Skinner just demanded Melania Trump’s immigration documents be released. This request arose out of a reaction to Donald Trump’s new immigration policies, specifically defunding “sanctuary cities.” Mrs. Trump came to this country from Slovenia, formerly Yugoslavia, as a top fashion model, but Skinner questions the legality of her entry.
An Associated Press [AP] investigation discovered the new first lady’s visa paperwork was incomplete when she first arrived in this country.
No one in the Trump operation has released any of the documentation to indicate what was the circumstance, or whether she had full legal status. We only know they had a lawyer look at whatever papers she chose to give.’
Mrs. Trump modeled in top Paris and Milan fashion houses before entering the U.S. on a business visitor visa in August of 1996. She has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Allure, and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. The AP reported that she allegedly earned just over $20,000 for 10 modeling jobs here. By October of that same year, she obtained her H1-B visa.
The Berkley senator, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon stood together at the capitol in Sacramento expressing their protest to the new president’s recent immigration acts.
Republican National Committee member and San Francisco attorney Harmeet Dhillon called Skinner’s actions “below the belt:”
‘A cheap trolling tactic really beneath the dignity of these California legislators.’
Dhillon told POLITICO that Skinner’s question was “sexist and harassing:’
‘I don’t think that the president’s policy positions make his wife fair game for anything.’
Former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association attorney David Leopold said Trump’s immigration actions made Skinner’s request “fair game.” He said the AP investigation, if accurate, allows questions into Melania Trump’s status, especially given the president’s immigration fraud enforcement priority.
Leopold told POLITICO:
‘It’s only appropriate they make his wife’s file public, so we know that his family also complied with immigration rules.
‘Had [she] been coming into the country to work without the proper work visas, which is fraud, if its true.