Donald Trump’s platform is based on his immigration policies, which also change like the wind. To Donald, immigrants are “taking our jobs.” After speculation of his own wife’s immigration status when she first came to the U.S., even more hypocritical actions by Donald have surfaced.
Trump modeling Management, a modeling agency in New York, has profited from using foreign models who came to the United States on tourist visas which did not allow them to work in the U.S. Three former Trump models who are not citizens of this country disclosed this information to Mother Jones.
Financial and immigration records included in a recent lawsuit filed by a fourth former Trump model show that she, too, worked for Trump’s agency in the United States without a proper visa.
Financial disclosures by his campaign reveal that Donald earned nearly $2 million from the company. He holds an 85% stake in the company, however, some models say they barely made money from his agency due to high fees for rents by the company.
Canadian-born Rachel Blais spent nearly three years working for Trump Model Management without a work visa. She provided Mother Jones with a detailed financial statement.
These records show a six-month gap between when she began working in the United States and when she was granted a work visa. During that time, Blais appeared on Trump’s hit reality TV show, The Apprentice, modeling outfits designed by his business protégés. As Blais walked the runway, Donald Trump looked on from the front row.
Ms, Blais isn’t the only one. Two other Trump models also spoke of their time with the agency. The models requested anonymity, so they’re referred to as Anna and Kate. Both of the models said the agency never obtained work visas on their behalf.
Each of the three former Trump models said she arrived in New York with dreams of making it big in one of the world’s most competitive fashion markets. But without work visas, they lived in constant fear of getting caught. “I was pretty on edge most of the time I was there,” Anna said of the three months in 2009 she spent in New York working for Trump’s agency.
“I was there illegally,” she said. “A sitting duck.”
It wasn’t an oversight, according to the models who said Trump’s agency encouraged deceiving customs officials.
Anna told the site that she was specifically told by a Trump agency representative, “If they ask you any questions, you’re just here for meetings.”
Kate said, “He doesn’t want to let anyone into the US anymore. Meanwhile, behind everyone’s back, he’s bringing in all of these girls from all over the world and they’re working illegally.”
Donald insists that undocumented immigrants are “taking our money” but the models who worked for him would beg to differ.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks avoided questions about Trump’s illegal use of foreign labor. “That has nothing to do with me or the campaign,” she said.
She’s wrong but we’re sure she’s consistent. This has everything to do with Donald’s campaign.
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