Dutch models working for Trump told to lie to U.S. customs officials

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Two Dutch models who worked for American president Donald Trump's modeling company early this century, were instructed by Trump Models to lie to customs officials about why they were visiting the United States, so that they could work in the U.S. without a work visa, Business Insider reports after speaking to the two models.

The two models were 17 and 19 years old when they and a third then 14-year-old model worked for Trump Models for the first time. Their modeling agency made contact with Trump Models and off the three went to New York. Both models who talked to Business Insider, on the condition that they remain anonymous, said that Trump's agency told them to lie about their work and to make up stories so that customs officials won't realize that they were in the U.S. to work without a visa. The 14-year-old girl was told to pretend that she was 15. "Because they knew that many people would have a problem with working with a 14-year-old", one of the models said. 

The models' goal was to find an American modeling agency that would represent them and arrange a work visa for them, so that they could work in the United States legally. One of them visited New York three times to work for Trump Models before realizing that the agency never intended to get a visa for her. Eventually her Dutch modeling agency broke contact with Trump's agency.

The models' story stands in direct contrast with Trump's anti-immigration policy, a major point in his election campaign for the U.S. presidency. He is especially focused on people working the U.S illegally, taking jobs that could have gone to Americans. 

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