Donald Trump will build a great wall! He will keep the immigrants out! No more foreign workers taking American jobs! Except of course, when those immigrants can make him money.
Despite building his presidential campaign on fears of foreign labor stealing American jobs, Donald Trump’s modeling agency allegedly forced foreign models to work illegally in the United States, often under “sweatshop”-like conditions.
According to a Mother Jones report, at least three non-citizen ex-Trump models were employed by the agency without the proper work visas—two of whom said they were encouraged by Trump Model Management to purposely deceive customs officials about why they were visiting the United States and to lie about their intended place of stay.
In an interview, Canadian-born model Rachel Blais said that Trump’s agency is “the most crooked agency I’ve ever worked for, and I’ve worked for quite a few,” and several others recalled “sweatshop”-like housing conditions and the company’s insistence on charging high rent for the model dormitories. “It is like modern-day slavery” Blais added.
A detailed financial statement provided by Blais shows that Trump’s agency charged her as much as $1,600 a month for a bunk in a room she shared with five others. For comparison, in the summer of 2004, an entire studio apartment nearby was advertised at $1,375 a month.
In order to work in the U.S., workers must have an H-1B visa. H-1B visas have been increasingly popular in the high-tech field, and Trump’s companies, including Trump Model Management, have used this program extensively in the past. But on the campaign trail, Trump has railed against the H-1B program and those who he says abuse it. “I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program,” Trump said in March. “No exceptions.”
So, Trump is not only a racist and xenophobe, but a lawbreaker as well!