Immigrant of the Year: First Lady Melania Trump

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Photo Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

A previous Immigrant of the Day, soon-to-be- First Lady than Melania Trump is our Immigrant of the Year.  She is a jewelry and watch designer and former model who is married to 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Born in Yugoslavia (now Slovenia), Melania Trump became a lawful permanent resident of the United States in 2001 and a U.S. citizen in 2006.  In January, Melania will become the first foreign-born First Lady since Louisa Adams.

Lauren Collins in the New Yorker provides background about Melania Trump.    Melania got her green card in 2001 and became a citizen five years later. As Collins writes, "Melania has expressed little solidarity with less fortunate newcomers."   “I came here for my career, and I did so well, I moved here,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “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.” 

Melania has expressed support for some of her husband's tough-on-immigration positions.  Still, questions were raised during the campaign about whether Melania always had an authorized immigration status in the United States.

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About The Author

Kevin Johnson Kevin Johnson is Dean, Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law, and Professor of Chicana/o Studies. He joined the UC Davis law faculty in 1989 and was named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1998. Johnson became Dean in 2008. He has taught a wide array of classes, including immigration law, civil procedure, complex litigation, Latinos and Latinas and the law, and Critical Race Theory. In 1993, he was the recipient of the law school's Distinguished Teaching Award.Dean Johnson has published extensively on immigration law and civil rights. Published in 1999, his book How Did You Get to Be Mexican? A White/Brown Man's Search for Identity was nominated for the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Dean Johnson’s latest book, Immigration Law and the US-Mexico Border (2011), received the Latino Literacy Now’s International Latino Book Awards – Best Reference Book. Dean Johnson blogs at ImmigrationProf, and is a regular contributor on immigration on SCOTUSblog. A regular participant in national and international conferences, Dean Johnson has also held leadership positions in the Association of American Law Schools and is the recipient of an array of honors and awards. He is quoted regularly by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other national and international news outlets.


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