Report: Melania Trump could have faced priority deportation 20 years ago


First lady Melania Trump could have been considered a deportation priority if President Trump had instituted one of his controversial executive orders when she was a model in the 1990s, according to several immigration attorneys who spoke with Slate.

President Trump's order recommends priority deportation for some people including those who are "engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter or application before a governmental agency."

Melania Trump through the years

Meanwhile, in early November, the Associated Press claimed that "Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in the United States worth $20,056 that occurred in the seven weeks before she had legal permission to work in the country, according to detailed accounting ledgers, contracts and related documents from 20 years ago provided to The Associated Press."

Immigration expert Hasan Shafiqullah told Slate that if Melania did work in the U.S. without having the needed legal permission and "If the current executive order on interior enforcement and the related Homeland Security memoranda on interior enforcement had been in effect at that time, then she would have...been an enforcement priority."

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Melania has denied any wrongdoing, tweeting in August that "I have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country. Period. Any allegation to the contrary is simply untrue."

Michael Wildes, an attorney whom she consulted on the matter, told the AP in regards to its report that "these documents, which have not been verified, do not reflect our records including corresponding passport stamps."

However, the controversy has continued, especially since she has refused to release her file to the public.

Melania became a U.S. citizen in July 2006.