America’s immigration system is broken beyond repair, but not in the ways Donald Trump and his right-wing cohorts say. The way that makes it impossible to navigate:
I don’t much care about parsing the specifics because essentially everyone who has tried to move to the US has had immigration “problems” and sufficient enough violations that the right (or wrong) person in power could chuck you out if they chose to. Try getting a plane ticket/lodging/job start date/Visa all magically timed for the same date when at least one of those things (Visa) tends to appear when the little ball lands on the right number on the wheel.
But apparently, no amount of obeying the rules when later obtaining a green card or citizenship and marriage license can cure an initial visa fraud. Melania Trump’s self-reporting about her trips home every few months to renew her visa is entirely inconsistent with the type of visa she claimed to have worked here under: (Politico link)
“If Melania was traveling to the U.S. on a B-1 business visa, there is a potential problem,” said a Washington-based partner of a major national immigration law firm. “She would not have been authorized to work in the U.S. while on a B-1 visa. In fact, if a customs agent encounters someone entering the U.S. on a B-1 visa and they know that the individual intends to work for a U.S. employer, the individual will usually be denied admission. In order to avoid being sent back to Slovenia, she may have had to lie about the purpose of her trip.”
Visa fraud would call into question a green card application and subsequent citizenship application, said immigration lawyers — thus raising questions about Melania Trump’s legal status, even today, despite her marriage to a U.S. citizen.
“Even today”? Like, today?
Her husband makes such a big deal — the centerpiece of his campaign, one might even say — about the broken immigration system admitting criminals and rapists and terrorists and aliens who take American jobs, that we deserve to see all of Mrs Trump’s paperwork.
Papers, please, Mrs Trump? The long form, if you don’t mind.