REPORT: Former Models For Donald Trump Say They Violated Immigration Laws And Worked Illegally
Several Former models for Donald Trump just dropped a bombshell by claiming they violated immigration laws are working illegally for the mogul’s New York modeling agency during a recent interview with mother Jones, published Tuesday.
As noted by MJ, the New York businessman/reality TV star and GOP presidential nominee “has placed immigration at the core of his presidential campaign,” claiming that undocumented immigrants are “taking our jobs” and “taking our money,” pledged to deport them en masse, and vowed to build a wall on the Mexican border. He even demanded a ban on Muslims entering the country.
But according to three former Trump models, all noncitizens, who shared their stories with Mother Jones, the mogul’s New York modeling agency, Trump Model Management, has profited from using foreign models who came to the United States on tourist visas that did not permit them to work here.
Two of the former Trump models said Trump’s agency “encouraged them to deceive customs officials about why they were visiting the United States and told them to lie on immigration forms about where they intended to live.” One said she received a specific instruction from a Trump agency representative: “If they ask you any questions, you’re just here for meetings.”
The report highlights 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.
A financial disclosure, filed by Trump’s campaign in May, shows that Donald Trump earned nearly $2 million from the company. However, some former Trump models say they barely made any money working for the agency.
“It’s like modern-day slavery,” Canadian-born Rachel Blais, who spent nearly three years working for Trump Model Management said.
Blais said that after first signing with the agency in March 2004, she performed a series of modeling gigs for Trump’s company in the United States without a work visa. Immigration records show for a period of six-months, 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.
“I was there illegally,” she said. “A sitting duck.”
Another model, Kate, who went on to have a successful career with another agency, also parted ways with Trump’s company in disgust. “My overall experience was not a very good one,” she said. “I left with a bad taste in my mouth. I didn’t like the agency. I didn’t like where they had us living. Honestly, I felt ripped off.”
She added that Trump has been fooling American voters with his anti-immigrant rhetoric, given that his own agency had engaged in the practices he has denounced. “He doesn’t like the face of a Mexican or a Muslim,” she said, “but because these models are beautiful girls, it’s okay? He’s such a hypocrite.”
Read entire report on Mother Jones.