Melania Trump's parents become U.S. citizens

Melania Trump's parents become U.S. citizens

A source with direct knowledge of Melania Trump's parents and their immigration status told CNN that Melania Trump sponsored her parents for their green cards, a status that allowed them to live and work in the United States indefinitely and paved the way for citizenship.

Immigration Attorney Michael Wildes told reporters that his clients Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs, parents of First Lady Melania Trump, have obtained citizenship but declined to comment on how they received their green cards.

The family lawyer confirms the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath in New York City. She obtained a green card in 2001 and became a naturalized citizen in 2006.

"It stands for a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification", he added to The Times.

As CNN notes, critics have pointed out that President Trump wants to end that type of family-based migration.

President Trump has railed against family-based or "chain" immigration in the past.

Throughout his presidency, Trump has made a point to target undocumented immigrants, whether they have a criminal record or not.




Trump has vehemently opposed the "chain migration" system, more commonly known as family-based immigration, that lets adult American citizens obtain citizenship for their relatives.

The AP writes that arriving at the ceremony, the Knavses "slipped in and out of a side entrance at a Manhattan federal building flanked by Department of Homeland Security police".

Viktor and Amalija Knavs had been living the United States as permanent residents, reportedly sponsored by the first lady.

She settled in NY in 1996, met the future president two years later and became his third wife in 2005. Security guards and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services workers in offices adorned with President Trump's portrait said they were unaware of anyone being sworn in there on Thursday.

The First Lady wears an nearly "naked" dress while accompanying her husband to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

The Knavses' citizenship ceremony was kept hush-hush around the Jacob K Javits Federal Building.

The first lady was born in Slovenia, then part of Yugoslavia, in 1970. The Slovenian immigrants, a former vehicle dealer and textile factory worker, had been living in the U.S.as permanent residents.

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