Melania Trump's parents get US citizenship under program slammed by Trump

THE ASSOCIATED PRESSViktor and Amalija Knavs First Lady Melania Trump's parents took the citizenship oath on Thursday in New York City

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of first lady Melania Trump, were granted USA citizenship on Thursday through a process President Trump wants to eliminate.

A lawyer for the Knavs says the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath on Thursday in New York City.

Wildes said the first lady sponsored her parents for their green cards, and once eligible, they applied for citizenship.

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

Pressed on the fact that the President has harshly criticized family-based migration and regularly refers to it as "chain migration", Wildes responded: "I can't comment on the President's politics when it comes to my clients but I have stood up against the President's immigration policies personally".

Trump's in-laws had been living in the USA as permanent residents.

The Federal Building also houses immigration court and the local offices of the Department of Homeland Security, and its subsidiary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"This golden experiment, these doors that are in America, remain hinged open to attractive people as they have today", Wildes said after the ceremony, according to The Associated Press.




That same month, only a day later, he tweeted: "Congress must end chain migration so that we can have a system that is SECURITY BASED!"

He has often criticised the family-based immigration system at his rallies, calling it one of the "dumbest laws on immigration in the world" which is a pathway for terrorists to enter the country.

Back in February, the Washington Post reported Melania's parents had become legal permanent residents, had obtained green cards, and were awaiting scheduling for their naturalization oath. Melania Trump was not present for the ceremony.

In 1996, she moved to New York City where she worked as a model and met Donald Trump two years later. But cracking down on individuals who entered the United States without a visa has not been his only priority; he's also made it even more hard for immigrants to come to the country legally.

It said it is unclear about when or how the couple received green cards.

Under immigration statutes, the Knavses would have needed to have their green cards for at least five years in order to apply for citizenship, along with fulfilling character, residency and civic knowledge requirements, it said. Now that the couple are USA citizens, it's important to note the president's hypocrisy when it comes to immigration policies.

The Knavses raised Mrs Trump in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.

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