Melania Trump Forced to Defend Immigration Status After Report Suggests She Came to U.S. Illegally

"I have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country. Period," says Melania Trump

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Melania Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to refute a new report suggesting she came to the U.S. illegally.

“In recent days there has been a lot of inaccurate reporting and misinformation concerning my immigration status back in 1996,” she said in a statement. “Let me set the record straight: I have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country. Period. Any allegation to the contrary is simply untrue. In July 2006, I proudly became a U.S. citizen. Over the past 20 years, I have been fortunate to live, work and raise a family in this great nation and I share my husband’s love for our country.”

The denial from Donald Trump‘s wife comes after Politico published a report Thursday morning raising questions about the would-be first lady’s immigration status and her early visits to the U.S.

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Politico writes that Melania Trump’s own past statements contradict her and her husband’s claims that she came to the U.S. legally in 1996 and “suggest she first came to the country on a short-term visa that would not have authorized her to work as a model.” Nude photos of the former model published in the New York Post on Sunday and Monday have highlighted the inconsistencies in her accounts of her immigration story, Politico reports, noting that “the nude photo shoot places her in the United States in 1995, as does a biography published in February by Slovenian journalists.”

Donald Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a centerpiece of his campaign throughout the presidential race.

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