In 2000, Melania Knauss, a Slovenian model dating Donald Trump, began petitioning the government for the right to permanently reside in the United States under a program reserved for people with “extraordinary ability.”
Knauss’s credentials included runway shows in Europe, a Camel cigarette billboard ad in Times Square and — in her biggest job at the time — a spot in the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated, which featured her on the beach in a string bikini, hugging a six-foot inflatable whale.
In March 2001, she was granted a green card in the elite EB-1 program, which was designed for renowned academic researchers, multinational business executives or those in other fields, such as Olympic athletes and Oscar-winning actors, who demonstrated “sustained national and international acclaim.”
“We called it the Einstein visa,” said Bruce Morrison, a former Democratic congressman and chairman of the House subcommittee that wrote the Immigration Act of 1990 defining EB-1.
To obtain an EB-1 under the extraordinary ability category, an immigrant has to provide evidence of a major award or meet at least three out of 10 criteria. Among them: evidence of commercial successes in the performing arts, evidence of work displayed at artistic exhibitions and evidence of original contributions to a field.
Just when you thought white privilege only affected white Americans, nope. Apparently, models from Slovenia were being granted ‘Einstein’ status back in 2000 as Melania Trump strolled into the United States in a golden chariot.
Melania was a middling model with no name recognition and didn’t have steady work in America. If she didn’t start dating Donald Trump then she would be in Slovenia living in a cave or whatever goes down in Slovenia. Who knows? Not too many people there get the Einstein Visa to come to America and tell their stories. If only they were all models.
I don’t want to say that her relationship with Donald that began in 1998 had anything to do with her getting this special visa. I mean, that would be me implying that somehow our president didn’t something grimy and illegal for his own personal benefit. That’s not the Donald we all know and love.
Melania Trump’s Einstein Visa also made it extremely easy for her parents to march into America right behind her which I suppose is ironic considering that her husband is currently busting his ass to make the process of bringing your family with you on a Visa nearly impossible.
But yea, nothing shady about any of this. Carry on, everyone.