Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Melania Trump's Slovenian parents become US citizens

Melania Trump's Slovenian parents become US citizens

First lady Melania Trump's Slovenian-born parents were sworn-in as USA citizens Thursday, benefiting from a path to citizenship known as family-based immigration that the president and others have derisively dubbed "chain migration".

Melania Trump's parents were briskly sworn in as citizens of the United States in NY on Thursday (Aug 9).

The couple, who had been living in the U.S. on green cards sponsored by Mrs Trump, took the citizenship oath in NY. First lady Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as USA citizens. "I've been a very staunch advocate against the president's policies myself as an immigration lawyer", Wildes said.

The Knavs stood by Wildes side when he made the announcement The First Lady's office refused to comment on the development, CNN reported.

In family-based immigration, adult American citizens can petition for residency for their parents, adult married children and siblings.

Amid a bitter debate over immigration - particularly the Trump administration's separation of children from families crossing the border illegally - Wildes said the Knavses' attaining citizenship was "an example of it going right".

A source familiar with the situation told Yahoo News that the Knavses received their green cards before Trump was elected and that they were sponsored by their daughter.

He frequently reminds his audiences of the October terror attack in NY, where Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, ploughed a pickup truck down a bike lane, killing eight people near the World Trade Center.

Later that month, he laid out his immigration plan in the State of the Union address, once again calling for an end to family-based immigration, saying it allows a single immigrant to "bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives".

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They came and went from the ceremony at a Manhattan federal building flanked by Homeland Security police.

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

The Knavs' immigration attorney accompanied the couple to the ceremony.

They had been living in the USA as permanent residents. They frequently travel with the Trumps and split their time between New York, Palm Beach, Florida, and Washington, where they stay in the White House.

The Knavses' lawyer said their ceremony was kept private for "security reasons".

They raised Melania in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.

Melania Trump was born Melania Knavs in what was then the communist country of Yugoslavia and later changed her surname to Knauss.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News.

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