Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) called for a federal investigation into Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s modeling agency on Wednesday over allegations Trump Model Management intentionally hired foreign models without the proper visas to legally work in the United States.
“I am extremely concerned by the claims levied against Trump Model Management and ask that you open an investigation into the company’s employment practices,” Boxer wrote in a letteraddressed to León Rodríguez, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency director. “I hope you will make clear that immigration and labor violations like these will not be tolerated.”
The letter cited firsthand accounts by several former Trump models and a Mother Jones report, which interviewed foreign models who worked on tourist visas that did not give them permission to work in the country legally. Two former models told the publication that “they were coached on how to evade the scrutiny of immigration and customs officers by using fake pretenses for entering the country and even writing false addresses on customs forms.”
After Mother Jones published the piece in late August, Boxer issued a scathing criticism of Trump on Twitter.