Me­la­nia Trump de­nies vi­o­lat­ing US im­mi­gra­tion laws

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NEW YORK — Me­la­nia Trump, the ex-model and third wife of Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump, de­nied reports on Thurs­day that ques­tioned whether she had worked il­le­gally as an im­mi­grant.

It is the third con­tro­versy about her in less than three weeks that the po­ten­tial first lady or the Trump cam­paign has been forced to ad­dress as her hus­band in­flames the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment with his di­vi­sive cam­paign for the White House.

“There has been a lot of in­ac­cu­rate re­port­ing and mis­in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing my im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus back in 1996,” Me­la­nia Trump said in a state­ment on Thurs­day.

“Let me set the record straight: I have at all times been in full com­pli­ance with the im­mi­gra­tion laws of this coun­try. Pe­riod,” she said.

“Any al­le­ga­tion to the con­trary is sim­ply un­true,” said Me­la­nia Trump, who be­came a US ci­ti­zen in 2006 — a year af­ter she mar­ried the New York bil­lion­aire.

Politico on Thurs­day raised ques­tions about Me­la­nia Trump’s im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus when she first came to the United States to work as a model in the mid-1990s.

Racy pho­to­graphs of her, which were pub­lished in the New York Post tabloid this week, “in­ad­ver­tently high­light in­con­sis­ten­cies” in the var­i­ous ac­counts she has pro­vided over the years, Politico said.

“Im­mi­gra­tion ex­perts say there’s even a slim chance that any years-old mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions to im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties could pose le­gal prob­lems for her to­day,” the news site re­ported.

Trump has cam­paigned ag­gres­sively on a plat­form promis­ing to wipe out il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion to the United States.

It is the third con­tro­versy to dog the mother of one in less than three weeks.

On July 18 she de­liv­ered a speech at the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion that pla­gia­rised a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama — a scan­dal ini­tially dis­missed as “ab­surd” by the Trump cam­paign, but which they later ad­mit­ted.

A Trump staffer sub­se­quently apol­o­gised, say­ing she had in­ad­ver­tently in­cluded phrases from Obama in the speech af­ter Me­la­nia Trump read them out as ex­am­ples of the mes­sage she wanted to con­vey.

Last week, Me­la­nia Trump also con­firmed that her pro­fes­sional web­site had been deleted af­ter US me­dia ques­tioned its claim that she had a de­gree in ar­chi­tec­ture from the Univer­sity of Ljubl­jana in Slove­nia.

The web­site had been re­moved “be­cause it does not ac­cu­rately re­flect my cur­rent busi­ness and pro­fes­sional in­ter­ests”, she tweeted.

In re­cent in­ter­views, Me­la­nia Trump her­self did not claim that she had a de­gree, only that she had “stud­ied” de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture be­fore drop­ping out to pur­sue a mod­el­ling ca­reer in Mi­lan and later Paris.

Af­ter the New York Post pub­lished the racy pic­tures this week, the Trump cam­paign said the images were “noth­ing to be em­bar­rassed about” and “a cel­e­bra­tion of the hu­man body as art”. — AFP.

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