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No matter how closely you followed the election, you probably know that immigration is one of Donald Trump’s central campaign issues. He says the government should do everything in its power to deport illegal immigrants already residing in the United States – and he even went so far as to suggest that we build the American equivalent of the Great Wall of China to prevent immigrants from entering the country. the country.

Given his views on immigration, it’s quite troubling that his modeling agency, Trump Model Management, allegedly profited from foreign models who were working illegally in the United States. Not only did they take advantage of these models, as the lawsuit claims, Trump Model Management encouraged them to work in the United States without the required work visa. In fact, the agency allegedly asked the models to lie to customs officials about why they were visiting the United States.

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And the disturbing claims don’t stop there. The models claim their living conditions – provided by real estate magnate Donald Trump – were horrendous. They would have lived in cramped and overcrowded spaces in basements. A model claims they were “herded into these little spaces. The apartment was like a sweatshop. Three non-citizen models have come forward to support these claims (some anonymously). One such model, Canadian-born Rachel Blais, even said, “Honestly, this is the most twisted agency I’ve ever worked for, and I’ve worked for several.”

While Trump’s agency isn’t the only one operating miserably (there’s currently a class action lawsuit against six major modeling agencies over the matter), his hypocrisy certainly isn’t lost on us. Check this space for updates.

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