Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens

10 August, 2018, 08:24 | Author: Donna Miller
  • Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as U.S. citizens

Melania Trump's parents were sworn in as US citizens Thursday. Trump has sought to eliminate family-based sponsorship, which he calls "chain migration", and replace it with merit-based citizenship programs.

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.

Their lawyer said the couple had met the five-year requirement, but added, "I can't give further comment".

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

It is believed that Melania Trump, who is a United States citizen, has sponsored her parents for permanent residency. She said the first lady's parents "are not part of the administration and deserve privacy".

The idea that family-based immigration could be labeled as "dirty" might have a lot to do with the Knavs' son-in-law.

Melania Trump - who has been vacationing with her husband U.S. President Donald Trump in Bedminster, N.J. - did not accompany her parents.

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

Along with targeting illegal immigration, Donald Trump has proposed sharply curbing legal immigration. 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. Experts estimate that could cut overall immigration to the USA by 40% to 50%, if those green cards are not reallocated to another category.

The Knavses' citizenship ceremony was kept hush-hush around the Jacob K Javits Federal Building.

She settled in NY in 1996 and met Mr Trump two years later. Thomas Cioppa, New York district director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, presided over the 20-minute ceremony, Mr Wildes said.

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

Although Melania started from humble roots, she launched a successful modeling career prior to her marriage to the president.

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

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