At the heart of Donald Trump’s espoused worldview is a throbbing knot of rank hypocrisy. He rails against immigrants as if they’re some mortal pox on our country despite the fact that his own wife, the mother of one of his children, is an immigrant from Slovenia. Clearly, Donald Trump doesn’t have too much of an issue with immigration when it personally benefits him and nets him a beautiful supermodel wife.
A new report from The Washington Post points out some strange irregularities with how exactly Melania was able to immigrate to the United States in the first place. In 2000, while still carrying her maiden name Knauss, Melania applied for a special EB-1 visa to move permanently to America.
The nature of the visa is raising eyebrows upon further inspection because it’s a kind ostensibly reserved for people with “extraordinary ability.” One former Democratic Congressman told The Post that it’s colloquially referred to as the “Einstein Visa.” Normally, they are handed out to scholars, successful entrepreneurs, or Olympic athletes.
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Less than 1% of immigrants in 2001 received their visa through the EB-1 program. Melania was somehow one of them. She was but one of five from her native Slovenia to receive one that year.
Her successful immigration, in turn, allowed her to sponsor the immigration of her parents through family reunification allowances, which have recently come under attack from President Trump under the loaded buzzword moniker “chain migration.” He’s trying to dismantle the same rules that allowed his wife’s parents to move to America.
Several experts that spoke to The Washington Post found it strange that Melania was somehow able to obtain such a sought-after visa given that her largest accomplishments at the time included runway shows, an appearance in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model edition, and a cigarette billboard advertisement in New York City. In other words, no small successes in the modeling world, but a far cry from the theory of relativity.
It’s unclear how exactly she managed to convince those reviewing her application to sign off on her visa, making this strange incident just one of many in the often sordid history of the Trump family. At the very least, it exposes the horrifying hypocrisy of her husband’s current anti-immigration crusade. Shame on her for not speaking out against him.