Our First Lady has been the center of attention on the US political stage. From creating her “Be Best” campaign to traveling the world to improve international relations, Mrs. Trump is a classy and committed Republican. Moreover, she’s also an incredible source of support for her husband.
But Melania isn’t like other First Ladies in the past. In fact, she’s one of only a small handful of First Ladies technically classified as immigrants. Melania, of course, is an official American citizen now; she jumped through all of the right hoops and came here legally just like all immigrants should.
Sadly, the Left still likes to accuse Mrs. Trump of coming into the country illegally. They say she used her body and career to get a foot in the door, and then took advantage of Trump to secure her citizenship. Realistically, most of us know how ridiculous this is, but let’s take a look at her journey to becoming a citizen, anyway.
- Melania Trump was born Melanija Knavs on April 26, 1970, in Sevnica, Slovenia. Being born with serendipitous good looks, she came from poverty but had access to incredible opportunities in the modeling industry. In fact, Trump (then Knavs) was officially modeling through Paris and Milan even before she reached adulthood.
- In 1996, she officially moved to New York on a tourist visa, where she began modeling under Trump Models (yes, that company belongs to Donald Trump). But it wasn’t until later that her official status changed to permanent resident.
- In 1998, the now FLOTUS officially met Donald Trump, who would become her husband and the father of her child a few years later. According to Melania, they fell in love almost immediately.
- By late 2000, Melania knew she wanted to stay in the country forever. Her tourist visa wasn’t enough to keep her in the country long-term, so she began applying for the EB-1. Also known as the “Einstein Visa,” it allows people who show extraordinary skill in a certain area (or special talents) to fast-track to full citizenship in the USA.
- Criteria for the EB-1 is very clear. Recipients must prove they have won awards or meet at least three of 10 “signs of excellence” within their field. Signs of excellence include being published in major magazines, books, or movies, or having your work displayed in museums and exhibitions.
- Now, here’s where things get a little bit confusing. There’s a common misperception that the “Einstein Visa” is only for people who are geniuses or those who are working in STEMTech industries. This is exactly why the Left is always questioning how Melania was approved for an Einstein visa. In truth, nearly anyone who shows excellence in any field can be approved – and yes, that includes modeling, too.
- By 2001, Melania was officially approved to stay in the United States. She married Donald Trump in 2005 and became a naturalized citizen in 2006. Contrary to what the Left tries to peddle, Melania took every step the right way, following all protocols and respecting US immigration laws along the way.
- As for whether a naturalized citizen should get the opportunity to serve as a First Lady, here’s something to think about. Melania is, in fact, an American citizen – and she has been since she became a naturalized citizen in 2006. This means her rights as a citizen are no different than yours or mine.
Melania’s journey from deep poverty in a broken Slovenia all the way to becoming the most important woman in the United States is incredible. It’s even a little bit shocking and unbelievable – but it is most certainly not illegal. Legal immigration can be an incredible thing; illegal immigration is dangerous, damaging, and puts every single American at risk.