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HYPOCRISY: Immigrant-Basher Trump Had No Problem Employing Undocumented Models

Yesterday, Mother Jones published a bombshell exposé, uncovering that Donald Trump – who began his campaign by telling vicious lies about Mexican immigrants – owned a modeling agency that employed undocumented immigrants as models. The story also uncovered that Trump’s business routinely encouraged models to break the law and lie to customs officials about their immigration status.

Former models spoke out and claiming that Trump’s agency was “the most crooked agency I’ve ever worked for” and “It is like modern-day slavery.” One said: “He doesn’t want to let anyone into the US anymore…Meanwhile, behind everyone’s back, he’s bringing in all of these girls from all over the world and they’re working illegally.”

Take a look at some of the coverage:

Former Models for Donald Trump’s Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules and Worked Illegally

MOTHER JONES // JAMES WEST

But 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, according to three former Trump models, all noncitizens, who shared their stories with Mother Jones.

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 customs forms about where they intended to live.

Kate, who worked for Trump Model Management in 2004, marveled at how her former boss has recently branded himself as an anti-illegal-immigration crusader on the campaign trail. “He doesn’t want to let anyone into the US anymore,” she said. “Meanwhile, behind everyone’s back, he’s bringing in all of these girls from all over the world and they’re working illegally.”

“Honestly, they are the most crooked agency I’ve ever worked for, and I’ve worked for quite a few.”

“It is like modern-day slavery” Blais said of working for Trump Model Management—and she is not alone in describing her time with Trump’s company in those terms. Former Trump model Alexia Palmer, who filed a lawsuit against Trump Model Management for fraud and wage theft in 2014, has said she “felt like a slave.”

 

Models for Donald Trump’s ‘crooked’ modeling agency say they worked in U.S. illegally under conditions that resembled ‘modern-day slavery’

THE DAILY NEWS // ADAM EDELMAN

Report: Former Trump Models Claim They Worked in the United States Illegally

NEW YORK MAGAZINE // JEN KIRBY

Donald Trump modeling agency ‘encouraged models to work in US illegally’

THE INDEPENDENT // FELIKS GARCIA

Trump’s modeling agency encouraged models to work illegally on tourist visas

VOX // LIBBY NELSON

Trump’s Modeling Agency Had Foreigners Work Illegally

VICE // VICE STAFF

Report: Donald Trump, Immigration Stickler, Allegedly Employed Foreign Models Illegally at Agency

COSMOPOLITAN // PRACHI GUPTA

A Few Times Donald Trump Has Allegedly Profited From Illegal Immigration

SLATE // JOSH VOORHEES

8 Shocking Things We Learned About Trump Models From a New Investigative Report

GLAMOUR // MAGGIE MALLON

Foreign Models Say They Worked Illegally Through Trump’s Agency: Report

THE HILL // PAULINA FIROZI

Former Models Signed With Trump Agency Say They Were Brought to U.S. to Work Illegally

YAHOO // JENNIFER GERSON UFFALUSSY

Former Trump Models: We Were Told to Lie About Immigration Status

THE DAILY BEAST // STAFF

Donald Trump Hired Illegal Workers As Models

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES // JULIA GLUM

Trump’s Modeling Agency Was a Virtual Sweatshop That Hired Undocumented Immigrants

NEW REPUBLIC // JEET HEER

Three Former Models Say Donald Trump’s Agency Had Them Working Illegally

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD// JENNY NOYES

Former Trump Models Say They Worked in U.S. ‘Illegally’

THE WEEK // STAFF

Trump Allegedly Used Foreign Models Working In America Without Visas

GOTHAMIST // DAVID COLON

Three Former Trump Models Reveal They Were Encouraged to Work Illegally on Tourist Visas in “Sweatshop”-Like Conditions

SALON // SOPHIA TESFAYE

Trump’s Modeling Agency Allegedly Profited By Hiring Illegal Immigrants

AOL NEWS // STAFF

Report: Models At Trump’s Agency Worked In US Without Proper Visas

TALKING POINTS MEMO // TIERNEY SNEED

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