Melania Trump’s Parents Just Became United States Citizens

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US President Donald Trump's Slovenian in-laws became US citizens yesterday through "chain migration", a program he has repeatedly denounced, in which adult American citizens can obtain citizenship for their relatives.

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. And yet, here are his wife's parents, gladly getting the USA citizenship that their son-in-law wants to virtually bring to an end within the next couple of years. The Slovenian couple had been living in the U.S as permanent residents. Homeland Security Police also escorted the Knavs both in and out of the ceremony, which was held at a federal building in Manhattan.

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

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.

It is not clear when the Knavs couple obtained their green cards, though their status as permanent residents was first revealed by Wildes in February.

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

Under immigration statutes, the Knavses would have needed to have their green cards for at least five years in order to apply for citizenship, along with fulfilling character, residency and civic knowledge requirements, it said. Melania was not present for the ceremony as she was in Bedminster, New Jersey, at the Trump National Golf Club, where the President is now staying.

Melania Trump, who has been vacationing with her husband in Bedminster, New Jersey, did not accompany her parents.

There are only a handful of ways that immigrants to the United States can obtain green cards, and the largest share of them each year are given out based on familial connections. Now that the couple are USA citizens, it's important to note the president's hypocrisy when it comes to immigration policies.

The Knavses raised Melania, born Melanija, in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under communist rule. Viktor was a vehicle dealer while Amalija worked in a textile factory. She became a USA citizen in 2006.

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