Melania Trump's Slovenian parents get US citizenship

10 August, 2018, 11:01 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • Amalija and Viktor Knavs were born in Slovenia and are in their 70s

Melania Trump, originally from Slovenia, sponsored her parents so they could obtain a green card before applying for US citizenship.

Melania Trump's parents were briskly sworn in as citizens of the United States in NY on Thursday (Aug 9).

Their lawyer Michael Wildes - who attended the ceremony with them - told reporters outside they had met the five year condition but refused to give more details, according to the New York Times.

"Once they had the green card, they then applied for citizenship when they were eligible", he said.

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".

The first lady's office declined to comment.

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. "This is a very important example of it going right".

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

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The AP writes that arriving at the ceremony, the Knavses "slipped in and out of a side entrance at a Manhattan federal building flanked by Department of Homeland Security police".

According to news reports, she entered the country in 2001 on a so-called Einstein visa for "individuals of extraordinary ability" as a model. They had been living in the permanent residents.

Mr Knavs was a vehicle dealer while Ms Knavs worked in a textile factory.

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

Mr Wildes told CNN that as of February, the couple was living in the U.S. on green cards - a status that allows them to live and work in the USA indefinitely and paves the way for citizenship. They frequently travel with the Trumps and split their time between New York, Palm Beach, Florida, and Washington, where they stay in the White House.

The Knavses raised Melania, born Melanija, in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.



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