Melania Trump's parents become US citizens under rules her husband

Melania Trump news Melania's parents granted US citizenship

President Donald Trump has repeatedly and vehemently denounced what he calls "chain migration", in which adult US citizens can obtain residency for their relatives.

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

A source with direct knowledge of Melania Trump's parents and their immigration status told CNN that Melania Trump sponsored her parents for their green cards, a status that allowed them to live and work in the United States indefinitely and paved the way for citizenship.

Chain migration is a insane immigration process that allows US citizens to sponsor immediate family members for legal residency.

Melania Trump parents with the Trump family
Melania's parents are often spotted with the Trump family

Viktor, 74, and Amalija, 73, had been living as permanent residents in the US. But the Knavses' lawyer said their ceremony was kept private for "security reasons".

"He said, 'Hey look, there's people, nice people, they're relaxing, some are jogging, '" Donald Trump said during a rally last week in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, lamenting the lives lost and injured.

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. But cracking down on individuals who entered the United States without a visa has not been his only priority; he's also made it even more hard for immigrants to come to the country legally.

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. According to news reports, Melania came to the United States in 2001 on a so-called Einstein visa for "individuals of extraordinary ability" as a model.

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It's unclear when they obtained their green cards, but usually, permanent residents have to hold green cards for five years before applying for citizenship.

While the President never mentions Saipov, who obtained his green card through the equally maligned diversity lottery, he has been known to detail the attack.

The pair are close with the president and Melania Trump, and are regularly seen traveling with the first family.

Security guards and US Citizenship and Immigration Services workers in offices adorned with Donald Trump's portrait said they were unaware of anyone being sworn in there on Thursday.

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

She settled in NY in 1996 and met Trump two years later. Viktor, 74, was a auto dealer while Amalija, 73, worked in a textile factory.

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