Melania Trump’s parents sworn in as U.S. citizens

Irene MckinneyAug 10, 2018

First lady Melania Trump's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became US citizens on Thursday, taking advantage of a program that President Trump has long railed against.

"This golden experiment, these doors that are in America, remain hinged open to lovely people as they have today", Wildes said after the ceremony.

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

Tweeting on November 2, 2017, he said: "CHAIN MIGRATION must end now!"

Asked about President Trump's heavy rebuke of family-based migration, Wildes said: "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 wears an nearly "naked" dress while accompanying her husband to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. She said the first lady's parents "are not part of the administration and deserve privacy".

Her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, declined to comment.

The president in January proposed ending most family-based immigration and replacing it with a skills-based system.

Melania Trump became a USA citizen after entering the country on an Einstein visa for "individuals of extraordinary ability" in 2001 as a model.

Trump has taken a hardline on immigration policy, criticizing so-called main migration that allows naturalized USA citizens to sponsor close relatives for permanent residency.

Wildes wouldn't say how long the Knavses have lived in the US.

He maintains there should instead be a merit-based system, which prioritises professionals over relatives, and has drawn censure for his strident attacks on immigration laws and immigrants.

The Knavses are from Slovenia, but now divide their time between New York City, Palm Beach, and Washington, D.C., where they stay with the Trumps in the White House.

The Knavs had been living in the U.S.as lawful permanent residents.

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

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

The Knavses raised Mrs Trump in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.

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