Statement by Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder of Define American, on Melania Trump

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Statement by Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder of Define American, on Melania Trump

Define American has started a petition inviting Melania Trump to join our “Coming Out” campaign by sharing her own immigration story more fully with the people of her adopted home country of America, which she may one day represent to the world as our First Lady.

“Immigration is the least understood yet most politicized conversation in America today. In light of recent inquiries into Melania Trump’s potential past visa violations on her way to becoming a naturalized American citizen, Donald Trump and his family are experiencing the confusion that so many immigrants and our families face on a daily basis as we try to navigate an irredeemably flawed immigration system. At Define American, we believe that sharing our individual immigration stories helps transcend politics and humanize this complex issue. It is in that spirit that we offer our story bank, which is the largest collection of immigration stories online, to the Trump family as a resource while they begin the process of learning more about this issue and why fixing our broken immigration system can’t be done through building walls or banning immigrants of certain faiths.

In addition, Define American has started a petition inviting Melania Trump to join our “Coming Out” campaign by sharing her own immigration story more fully with the people of her adopted home country of America, which she may one day represent to the world as our First Lady.

Melania Trump is part of a long and storied lineage of immigrants who, in search of a better life and future, have bravely immigrated here, worked hard and proved, time and again, that immigrants make America great. Define American stands by all American immigrants, regardless of status, which is why our offer to help Mrs. Trump tell her full immigration story will stand past the current political season.”

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