Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Melania Trump's parents are sworn in as US citizens

Melania Trump's parents get US citizenship Melania Trump’s parents sworn in as U.S. citizens
Ginger Lopez | 10 August, 2018, 11:05

Melania Trump's parents become citizens through "chain migration".

Viktor and Amalija Knavs's lawyer Michael Wildes said the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath on Thursday in New York City.

The couple was escorted to and from the Manhattan ceremony by Homeland Security police. "Some workers inside didn't know what was going on".

The latter is unlikely, since applicants must prove they could do a job no other American could.

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

"They had gotten sponsored by their daughter and then once they had the green card, they then applied for citizenship when they were eligible", he said.

"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.

During a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers in January, for example, Trump said, "Chain migration is bringing in many, many people with one, and often it doesn't work out very well".




Melania Trump's parents took the oath of USA citizenship.

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, said that because the Knavses are not part of the administration, "I'm not commenting on them". She was in Bedminster, New Jersey, at the Trump National Golf Club, where Trump is now staying.

Along with targeting illegal immigration, Donald Trump has proposed sharply curbing legal immigration.

He frequently reminds his audiences of the October terror attack in NY, where Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, ploughed a pickup truck down a bike lane, killing eight people near the World Trade Center.

Experts estimate those measures, so far resisted by Congress, would cut legal immigration into the U.S. almost in half. Under the law, permanent residents must live in the country for at least five years before applying for citizenship. But the Knavses' lawyer said their ceremony was kept private for "security reasons". Politico said the parents were "expected to become more familiar figures around the White House, helping care for Barron, though they don't plan to relocate full time to Washington".

The couple met in Sevnica, Slovenia in 1966, and Melania was born in the same town.

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

Viktor is 74, two years older than President Donald Trump.

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