By Rebecca Sullivan on news.com.au, February 25
[Mrs. Trump was born in Slovenia.]
…From the outside, it would be easy to imagine that for Melania, one of the more challenging aspects of the campaign might be Donald’s ardent anti-immigration stance: in addition to making derogatory remarks about immigrants, he has proposed building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and even suggested a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.…
Last June, Mr. Trump made these comments about Mexicans in his presidential announcement speech: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
When asked about these remarks, Mrs. Trump said she doesn’t believe her husband insulted Mexicans. “He said ‘illegal’ immigrants. He didn’t talk about everybody. And after a few weeks [of] giving him a hard time and bashing him in the media, they turned around and said, ‘You know what, he’s right.’ He opened conversation that nobody did.”
Melania first arrived in the U.S. from her native Slovenia on a work visa in 1996 and became an American citizen in 2006, the year after she and Donald were married. If her husband is elected, she would become only the second first lady born outside the U.S. (after John Quincy Adams’s wife, Louisa, who was born in England). However, Melania believes that her naturalization process – which she says she carefully adhered to – was fair. “I followed the rules,” she explains.
“I came here for my career, and I did so well, I moved here. It never crossed my mind to stay here without papers. That is just the person you are. You follow the rules. You follow the law. Every few months you need to fly back to Europe and stamp your visa. After a few visas, I applied for a green card and got it in 2001. After the green card, I applied for citizenship. And it was a long process.”