Irony Melania Trump's parents become citizens under laws Trump is fighting

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of first lady Melania Trump, were granted citizenship Thursday, their immigration attorney, Michael Wildes, announced. Amalija Knavs had harvested onions on her family's farm, then worked in a textile factory, and sewed her two daughters' clothes.

They arrived and departed from a Manhattan federal building escorted by Homeland Security police.

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

Currently, the majority of green card recipients receive them via family sponsorship. They made their first trip to America in 2004. "This is an example of it going right". President Trump has decried the policy that allows US citizens to sponsor their parents and siblings for legal residency.

The First Lady wears an nearly "naked" dress while accompanying her husband to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. Trump has advocated a "merit-based" system, but has not proposed any method of admitting immigrants to the United States to replace those categories. He also called for eliminating a visa lottery program for people from countries underrepresented in the US.


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

Experts estimate those measures would cut legal immigration into the USA almost in half. The CBC's Matt Kwong tells us how the Canadian and USA immigration system differ in terms of TYPE and numbers.

Since initial reports emerged in February that the Knavses had obtained permanent residency in the United States, there has been a lack of clarity about when or how the couple received green cards.

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

Under immigration statutes, the Knavses would have needed to have their green cards for at least five years to apply for citizenship, along with fulfilling character, residency and civic knowledge requirements.


New citizens are normally minted on Fridays, they said, and often the ceremonies are held at the federal courthouse across the street.

The Knavses, both in their 70s, raised Melania Trump in Sevnica, a Slovenian town of around 4,500 people.

According to The New York Times, Mr Wildes labelled family-based migration "a bedrock of our immigration process", and when asked if the pair had gained citizenship through the system, he reportedly replied: "I suppose". They married in 2005.

Their immigration process was under scrutiny, as President Trump has been cracking down on immigration through his policies. Her husband, Donald Trump, has proposed ending most family-based immigration, which he refers to as "chain migration".


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