A state senator in California is attempting to press the White House to release Melania Trump’s immigration documents. The move is a response to Donald Trump’s extremely controversial immigration policies.
The senator, Nancy Skinner of Berkeley, made the call last week in the state Capitol. It was made in protest of Trump’s signing of an executive order limiting funds to “sanctuary cities.” She stood next to Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.
An AP Investigation conducted in November revealed that Melania Trump did not have appropriate work visas while she was working as a model in America soon after immigrating from Slovenia about twenty years ago.
Says Skinner, “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.”
Skinner has accused Donald Trump of issuing a “not adequate” response to the Melania allegations. Skinner also reminds us that Donald promised in August that Melania would hold a press conference to address the issue, which never happened.
The move has been met with consternation from Republicans. Harmeet Dhillon, a San Francisco attorney and member of the RNC, called Skinner’s move “below the belt,” “a cheap trolling tactic” and “really beneath the dignity of these California legislators.”
He also called it “sexist and harassing,” leaping to Melania’s defense. “I don’t think that the president’s policy positions make his wife fair game for anything.”
David Leopold, former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, disagrees. He calls the move “fair game.”
Leopold says there is reasonable cause to speculate whether Melania “had been coming into the country to work without the proper work visas, which is fraud, if it’s true. … It’s only appropriate they make his wife’s file public, so we know that his family also complied with immigration rules.”
Trump’s immigration executive order last week prioritizes immigrants who have committed fraud as a top priority for punitive action.
Skinner’s call was issued a few days before Trump’s executive order was signed. The order bars refugees and even a proportion of legal immigrants from entering the country. It has led to major travel disruptions around the world and large domestic protests.
It would be an interesting snafu if Melania was proved to have committed visa fraud. But it is very unlikely that any legal action would be taken against her.