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Lots of Beauties, Lots of Immigrants
“I’m on a 1 visa—‘extraordinary abilities,’ ” the Swedish model says, rolling her eyes: “ ‘Extraordinary ability’ is not really what models are. That’s what I think at least. So it’s kind of a tricky situation.”
The young woman, in an interview with the new Heat Street website, was referring to the H-1B work visa for “exceptional ability in the sciences, arts or business.” She is represented by Trump Models, one of 250 women for whom Donald Trump’s agencies sought such visas, according to Reuters. Heat Street reports that most of the women represented by Trump Models were born outside the U.S., including Mr. Trump’s wife, Melania, who came to the U.S. from Slovenia on an H-1B.
Mr. Trump’s signature campaign pledge is closing borders. Last week, his new top adviser, Paul Manafort, told the Republican National Committee that the candidate has been playing a role and not to believe everything he says.
“When he’s out on the stage, when he’s talking about the kinds of things he’s talking about on the stump, he’s projecting an image that’s for that purpose,” Mr. Manafort said. “The part that he’s been playing is evolving into the part that now you’ve been expecting. . . . The image is going to change.”
On the work-visa issue, it has already been changing, more or less constantly. Last summer the Trump campaign issued an immigration plan opposing H-1B visas. It includes this criticism: “ Mark Zuckerberg’s personal senator, Marco Rubio, has a bill to triple H-1Bs.”
Mr. Trump was asked in the March 3 presidential debate if he stood by his opposition to these H-1B visas. “I’m changing,” he replied. “We need highly skilled people in this country. . . . We do need in Silicon Valley, we absolutely have to have.”Read the rest of this WSJ op-ed HERE.
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