First Lady's Parents Become US Citizens

Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as U.S. citizens

Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as U.S. citizens

Trump has decried "chain migration", where adult US citizens can obtain residency for their relatives, and tweeted on November 1, 2017, "CHAIN MIGRATION must end now!"

President Donald Trump should have been moved this week when our nation of immigrants accepted two new Americans: first lady Melania Trump's parents, Amalia and Viktor Knavs.

They arrived and departed from a Manhattan federal building escorted by Homeland Security police.

Viktor Knavs, a vehicle salesman in Slovenia, and Amalija, who worked in a textile factory, are over 70 years old, retired and pass much of the year in the United States, where they regularly spend time with their daughter and grandson Barron. Both are now believed to be retired.

They had been living in the USA as permanent residents.

When the Times asked Wildes if the Knavs obtained their citizenship through family-based immigration ― often pejoratively referred to as "chain migration" ― Wildes was vague. Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, declined to comment on the Knavses' citizenship proceedings or whether the first lady supports her husband's efforts to limit family-based sponsorship.

Experts estimate those measures would cut legal immigration into the USA almost in half.

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Viktor and Amalija Knavs took their oaths in NY, the Associated Press reports.

The idea that family-based immigration could be labeled as "dirty" might have a lot to do with the Knavs' son-in-law. The pair, originally from Slovenia, had been living in the U.S.as permanent residents prior to obtaining citizenship.

Trump hasn't commented or tweeted about his in-laws' newfound citizenship.

She settled in NY in 1996, met the future president two years later and became his third wife in 2005.

Melania grew up in a two bedroom apartment in Sevnica, a small city formerly under communist control.

She attended high school in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, and changed her name to Melania Knauss when she started modeling.

Around the same time the Knavses were completing the ceremony, he was tweeting his rage about the ongoing Russian Federation probe ("an illegally brought Rigged Witch Hunt") and his excitement about plans for a sixth branch of the military ("Space Force all the way!").

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