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Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as US citizens report Getty Images
Hannah Rogers | 10 August, 2018, 11:04

President Donald Trump has repeatedly and vehemently denounced what he calls "chain migration", in which adult United States citizens can obtain residency for their relatives.

President Donald Trump's in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, took the oath of citizenship, Wildes said.

It is believed that Melania Trump, who is a U.S. citizen, has sponsored her parents for permanent residency.

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

US President Donald Trump's parents-in-law have become US citizens in a private ceremony.

The president in January proposed ending most family-based immigration and replacing it with a skills-based system.

The Knavs are frequently with the Trump's and also travel with them.

There are only a handful of ways immigrants can obtain green cards, and the largest share of them each year are given out based on familial connections.

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

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 Knavses slipped in and out of a side entrance at a Manhattan federal building flanked by Department of Homeland Security police.

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

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

In November 2016, the AP reported that she was paid for several modeling jobs in the US before obtaining a work visa, which would be illegal under immigration law.

The first lady was not present for the ceremony, and her parents told their lawyer she was in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president spends time in the summer at Trump National Golf Club.

When asked if the couple became citizens through chain migration, Wildes replied, "I suppose".

The Knavses raised Melania in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule. Viktor was a vehicle dealer.

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