Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens

Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens

First lady Melania Trump's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became USA citizens on Thursday, taking advantage of a program that President Trump has long railed against.

First lady Melania Trump's parents have been sworn in as United States citizens.

The family lawyer confirms the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath in New York City.

The Knavs were living in the United States as legal permanent residents with green cards prior to taking the final steps to become full citizens.

The Jacob J. Javits Federal Building, at 26 Federal Plaza, also houses immigration court and the local offices of the Department of Homeland Security, and its subsidiary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Their son-in-law has frequently attacked U.S. immigration laws, calling them the "dumbest laws on immigration in the world".

Wildes wouldn't comment on how the Knavs received their green cards or citizenship Thursday, but criticized the Trump administration's immigration policies to CNN.

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The US allows a number of ways for US citizens and legal permanent residents to sponsor family members to come to the US permanently, including categories for parents, adult siblings and adult children, married and unmarried.

President Trump has campaigned against family-based or so-called "chain" immigration in the past.

The couple's lawyer said they had "travailed a wonderful journey". While the president never names Saipov, who obtained his green card through the equally maligned diversity lottery, which grants visas to people from countries that have had fewer immigrants, he has been known to detail the attack.

Viktor Knavs was a auto salesman in the Slovenian town of Sevnica, while his wife Amalija worked at a textile factory.

The first lady was named Melanija Knavs when she was born in Slovenia but later changed her name to Melania Knauss when she began her modeling career. William White, a 74-year-old actor, said, with his eyebrows raised, "I'm happy for them".

News of the ceremony prompted an immediate response on Twitter, with tweets ranging from "welcome!" to "unfreakingbelievable".

Canada has a MERIT-BASED system, while the USA prioritizes more FAMILY-based immigration.

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