First Lady's Parents Become US Citizens

Melania Trump's parents sworn in as US citizens report

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

President Donald Trump should have been moved this week when our nation of immigrants accepted two new Americans: first lady Melania Trump's parents, Amalia and Viktor Knavs.

"CHAIN MIGRATION must end now!" he tweeted.

Mr Wildes did not explain how they got those green cards, raising the prospect they were sponsored by Melania Trump or another family member based on what Mr Trump has called "chain migration" or family-based migration.

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. Wildes told the newspaper that the Knavs fulfilled the five-year requirement, but declined to give further comment.

US President Donald Trump often rails against family-based immigration in his rallies, frequently reminding his audience of the October terror attack in NY, where Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan plowed a pickup truck down a bike lane, killing eight people near the World Trade Center. They tend to keep a low profile despite spending some time at the White House, much like how former first lady Michelle Obama's mother lived at the White House where she focused on helping raise the Obamas' daughters.

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

The president proposed replacing most family-based immigration with a skills-based system after an attempted bombing by a Bangladeshi immigrant in NY last December.

Trump has taken a hardline on immigration policy, criticizing so-called main migration that allows naturalized United States citizens to sponsor close relatives for permanent residency. He also called for eliminating a visa lottery program for people from countries under-represented in the U.S.

Experts estimate those measures, so far resisted by Congress, would cut legal immigration into the United States almost in half.

While the Knavs now live in Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower in New York City, they didn't always live in luxury.

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

Melania grew up in a two bedroom apartment in Sevnica, a small city formerly under communist control.

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

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

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