Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in the U.S. before she had legal permission to work here, The Associated Press reports.
She has long touted her legal immigration status to defend Donald Trump's hard-line stance on immigration. She got a green card in 2001 and has been a citizen since 2006. However, she first got a H1-B work visa Oct. 18, 1996. Documents show the 10 modeling jobs were between Sept. 10 and Oct. 15, during which time she was not legally allowed to work in the U.S.
During a speech on Thursday, Melania said, "I'm an immigrant. No one values the freedom and opportunity of America more than me."
These documents, which have not been verified, do not reflect our records including corresponding passport stamps.
So...what happens to her now?
It's very unlikely that she'd be deported. The government generally only revokes citizenship after the fact when it finds someone lied about something crucial to get citizenship, and even then, only in extreme cases.
Since questions arose earlier this year, Mrs. Trump has declined to publicly release her immigration records.
Paolo Zampolli worked with Melania and said he did not remember hiring her illegally. But "It's like 20 years ago. The contract looks [like] a real one," he told the AP.
All told, Melania made more than $20,000 in the 10 modeling jobs.