First lady Melania Trump entered the United States with an “Einstein visa.” These are designated for people with “extraordinary ability.”
She was granted a green card in the very elite EB-1 program in March 2001. This program is reserved for those who demonstrated “sustained national and international acclaim.” This program is designated for multinational business executives, renowned academic researchers, Oscar-winning actors or Olympic athletes, according to the Washington Post.
Slovenia, the birthplace of the first lady, has only had five people receive green cards in the EB-1 program according to the report.
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 1, 2018
Per Fox News:
Then Melania Knauss’ green card set her on the path to U.S. citizenship, which in turn enabled her to sponsor the legal residency of her parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both now close to obtaining citizenship, the Post reported.
President Donald Trump has voiced opposition to “chain migration,” and has proposed the ending the sponsorship of relatives, including parents, an ability for U.S. citizens that has existed for decades, the report said.
Morrison, also an immigration expert, said Melania Trump’s resume in 2001 seems “inconsistent” with the strict requirements of the EB-1 visa.
“There are a lot of questions about how she procured entry into the United States,” David Leopold, an immigration lawyer and a past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, also told the Post.
Another immigration expert, Sarah Pierce of the Migration Policy Institute, said to meet the “extraordinary ability” category of the EB-1, it is “generally thought that only the top 2 percent in their field would qualify,” such as those who won the Nobel Prize, the newspaper reported.
Of the more than 1 million green cards issued in 2001, only 3,376 – a fraction of 1 percent — were issued to immigrants with “extraordinary ability,” the Post reported, citing government statistics.
The first lady’s immigration history was well scrutinized during the 2016 presidential election campaign. For example, the Associated Press reported just days before the election that Melania Trump worked illegally in the U.S. after she first arrived from Europe.
In August 2016, however, the first lady insisted that she violated no laws during her early days in the U.S.
“Let me set the record straight,” she said in a statement. “I have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country. Period.”
Of course the left always assumes everything done by a Trump is against the law. Instead of acknowledging she is of extraordinary ability, they question the process and assume First Lady Melania found a loophole.
In March 2001, Melania Trump received an EB-1 visa (a so-called "Einstein visa) designed for researchers, business executives and people with extraordinary talent, when her claim to fame was an infamous photo on Trump’s private jet in British GQ magazine. https://t.co/Gquj4odSZf
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) March 1, 2018
As a low level model how was she granted an ‘Einstein visa’ reserved for the extremely gifted?
— Olga_Lautman NYC ✨ (@olgaNYC1211) March 1, 2018
HOLD DA PHONE!! 💥
— (((DuneMyThang™))) (@Kris_Sacrebleu) March 1, 2018